It appears unlikely left-hander Phil will be in the starting rotation, at least at the start of the season. Dumatrait suffered a setback in his rehab from shoulder surgery and will be shut down for 10 days.
Dumatrait was examined yesterday by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Andrews administered a cortisone shot and sent Dumatrait, who had reached the long-toss stage of his throwing program, back to square one in his recovery process.
“It’s definitely discouraging,” Dumatrait said this evening, as he waited to board a flight from Birmingham to Sarasota, Fla. “It was kind of grabbing and sore in the front of my shoulder. I was hoping it was just scar tissue, but it never got any better.”
Andrews did not discover any new damage to Dumatrait’s shoulder, so no further surgery is necessary.
Dumatrait had been scheduled to throw off a mound for the first time next week during mini-camp in Bradenton, Fla. The layoff will put him well behind the other candidates for the rotation, and means he could begin the season in the Pirates’ bullpen or on the disabled list.
Dumatrait is out of minor league options.