Pregame: Beimel shut down


BRADENTON, Fla. — Joe Beimel tried to throw a bullpen this morning at McKechnie Field, but felt more pain in his left forearm and was immediately shut down. Beimel is scheduled for an MRI exam.

If this turns out to be a serious injury, it would be a huge blow to the Pirates’ bullpen. Beimel was slated to be the primary lefty setup guy and there doesn’t yet appear to be a glaring, sure-fire Plan B.