Meek receives encouraging news on shoulder

Meek receives encouraging news on shoulder

PITTSBURGH -- Evan Meek received encouraging news from Dr. James Andrews, who did not find anything structurally wrong in Meek's right shoulder during an exam in Pensacola, Fla., on Monday.

Dr. Andrews confirmed the initial diagnosis of tendinitis, an injury that sent Meek to the disabled list on Friday. Meek had asked for a second opinion before continuing with his planned rehab.

Though Meek is now certain of his injury, his status is less so. The Pirates have targeted late July as a potential return date, though the strength in the shoulder will obviously dictate how quickly he can progress through the rehab process.

A few other injuries to update:

• Catcher Ryan Doumit will leave for Bradenton, Fla., on Tuesday to continue his rehab at the Pirates' complex there. A followup CT scan on Monday showed that Doumit's left ankle is healing as it should. The Pirates again stated that they hope to have Doumit back in late July.

• Joining Doumit in Bradenton will be infielder Steve Pearce, who is nursing a right calf strain. Pearce expects to take off his protective boot when he gets to Florida and will then slowly begin increasing his level of activity.

• For the second straight day, infielder Josh Harrison (minor tightness in his right oblique) refrained from throwing or hitting. He was not available for Monday's game and likely won't be cleared for baseball activity until Wednesday. If he is going to be sidelined for more than a few days, the Pirates will need to call up another backup infielder.