Pittsburgh Pirates Player News: Pitchers

News: Kuhl (elbow) recently increased his throwing distance off flat ground to 90 feet, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Both Kuhl and Edgar Santana are at the same stage of their respective recoveries from Tommy John surgery and aren't expected to resume mound work until later in the season. Kuhl is slated to miss the entire 2019 campaign but should report to camp next spring with few restrictions, if any.
News: Santana (elbow) recently increased his throwing distance off flat ground to 90 feet, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Both Santana and Chad Kuhl are at the same stage of their respective recoveries from Tommy John surgery and aren't expected to resume mound work until later in the season. Santana is slated to miss the entire 2019 campaign but should report to camp next spring with few restrictions, if any.
News: The Pirates optioned Barrett to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: After being scooped up off waivers from the Giants earlier in the month, Barrett was given the chance to compete for a bullpen role with the big club but couldn't make the cut. The fact that he still had a minor-league option remaining may have been the primary reason he failed to break camp with the Pirates more so than the organization being dissatisfied with his performance this spring.