06/28/09 2:11 PM ET
Doumit likely to return after break
Catcher among several rehabbing Bucs addressed by GM
By Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com
Among those discussed include:
Ryan Doumit: The switch-hitting catcher is set to head out to Bradenton, Fla., on Tuesday, where he will continue to work his way back from mid-April right wrist surgery. Though nothing is set in stone, it appears as if Doumit likely won't rejoin the Pirates until after the All-Star break.
"Nothing says that if everything goes great and he swings the bat like he never missed a day, that it couldn't be the series before, but I think the more realistic date is the series after the All-Star break," Huntington said. "That is very late in Ryan's mind. He is looking a lot earlier than that, but we want to put him in a situation where he can be successful. If it were up to him, he'd just skip the rehab and start playing. We have to make sure we're responsible for Ryan, so we can make sure he can jump in as if he never missed a day."
Doumit has not had any setbacks this month as he has slowly returned to full baseball activities. He's been catching bullpen sessions for about three weeks now, and he has progressed to where he can take pregame batting practice with his teammates.
Doumit will take part in some simulated games at Pirate City this week so that he can get a large number of at-bats. He will also catch in a few Gulf Coast League games. Next Sunday, Doumit is expected to join one of the organization's Minor League affiliates to continue his rehab progression there.
Tyler Yates: After a two-week layoff, Yates is set to begin throwing again on Monday. He is currently in Bradenton, and will remain there as he builds up his arm strength. Yates, who has been on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation since mid-May, was nearing his return earlier this month, only to be shut down completely when the pain returned.
Until Yates can return, manager John Russell will continue to manage his bullpen without a defined right-handed setup man.
Phil Dumatrait: The 27-year-old southpaw has been in Bradenton since the rest of the club left Spring Training in April, and he continues to try to work his way back from a left shoulder injury. After numerous setbacks, Dumatrait made some encouraging progress lately. He threw a side session on Sunday, and he's now scheduled to throw a 50-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.
"As he continues through his program, we'll work through 'pens and get him back into a game setting," Huntington said. "[He has] been pain-free, and that's optimistic."
Donnie Veal: The Pirates are still expected to keep Veal in his Triple-A rehab assignment for the maximum 30 days to give him some time to not only heal his right groin injury, but to work on his mechanics.
Veal began his rehab assignment on June 8, meaning that he can remain with Indianapolis for another week and a half. Huntington noted that Veal has been making progress during his five multi-inning rehab outings so far. The Rule 5 Draft pick has allowed three earned runs in 9 2/3 innings, but he has walked nine and struck out just eight.
Craig Hansen: There's not much of an update with Hansen, who has not been cleared to begin throwing again. Hansen, who has been out since the end of April, remains in Bradenton, where he is waiting for his neck/back aches to subside.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.