Pittsburgh Pirates News: Ray Searage To Undergo Surgery

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 08: Jameson Taillon
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 08: Jameson Taillon /

The Pittsburgh Pirates will head into their next series without one of their main coaches.  The Bucs will be without their pitching coach over the next few days.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are fresh off back-to-back wins against the Milwaukee Brewers.  It was a good series to watch as the Bucs continue to go out and fight to at least end the year with a winning record.  What has led to the wins the last two days?  The pitching staff has thrown very well, with the starters only giving up one run across the two games.

However, it sounds very likely that the Pittsburgh Pirates will be without their pitching coach over the next few games. This could include the upcoming series against the Kansas City Royals.  Pitching coach Ray Searage is to undergo cervical neck surgery sometime this week. Searage will pass on his duties to assistant pitching coach Justin Meccage until his return. Meccage, 38 years of age, was promoted from within prior to the start of the 2018 season.   Searage is expected to return before the season ends.

This update came from MLB.com Pittsburgh Pirates beat writer Adam Berry.  Berry released the news on Twitter, along with comments from Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington. Here is what Berry tweeted:

"GM Neal Huntington, in a statement, said Searage will be “resuming his pitching coach duties in the near future. We wish him the best during the procedure and subsequent recovery.”"

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The Pittsburgh Pirates quietly have turned their rotation and bullpen from a young and inexperienced staff to one that looks to be in place already for 2019.  As usual, a lot of credit should go to Ray Searage as he continues to develop a lot of pitchers for the Bucs. This includes the development of Jameson Taillon, who looks like he will be this team’s ace in 2019.  Luckily, it does not sound that this surgery will cause Searage to miss a lot of time or force him out of baseball.  Of course, well wishes are sent to Searage as he undergoes surgery.