Scahill cleared for Minors rehab assignments

Recovering from forearm tightness, Bucs reliever to pitch in Gulf Coast League, Double-A

Scahill cleared for Minors rehab assignments

PITTSBURGH -- After acquiring bullpen depth at the Trade Deadline, the Pirates could have more help on the way.

Right-handed reliever Rob Scahill, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm tightness in late June, is on schedule to make a couple of rehab outings in the near future.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Scahill is expected to throw a two-inning, 35-pitch game in the Gulf Coast League on Thursday.

Following that, Hurdle hopes to have Scahill back in Pittsburgh on Monday to look at the 28-year-old before the club heads to St. Louis for a three-game series.

Furthermore, Hurdle said Scahill should pitch three innings and around 50 pitches at Double-A Altoona in the middle of next week.

Scahill appeared in 24 games (26 innings) before hitting the DL, and he made the most of his opportunities. The righty totes a 2.08 ERA this season, while recording 22 strikeouts.

Scahill is in his first year with the Pirates after spending three years in Colorado, where he posted a 4.42 ERA.

John McGonigal is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.