PITTSBURGH -- Reliever Juan Cruz made his first Minor League rehab appearance in Double-A Altoona on Monday night, starting for the Curve and giving up two runs in one-third of an inning. The righty began the game with a strikeout before allowing hits to the following four batters. In all, he threw 25 pitches, 17 of which were fastballs, the rest a mix of changeups and sliders. "Basically, we wanted Juan to get out and pound the fastball -- the velocity was 91 to 94 [mph] -- and repeat his delivery and maintain an arm slot, and that's what he did," manager Clint Hurdle said on Tuesday.
Hurdle did not say when Cruz would make another appearance. That would likely come late Tuesday or Wednesday. Cruz, 33, was in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, and did some running before the game against Arizona. Cruz last pitched for the Pirates on July 17, in Colorado. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder on July 21, retroactive to July 18. He's appeared in 37 games this season, throwing 31 innings and posting a 2.61 ERA to go along with 32 strikeouts and 17 walks.