By Jason Shetler
According to Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Brandon Cumpton threw an inning in a simulated game down at Pirate City on Friday. This marks the first time since 2015 that he’s done any type of live pitching
The Pirates drafted Cumpton as a ninth round pick in 2010. The 28-year-old righty made his big league debut with the Bucs in 2013, and pitched very well in his short time with them, posting a 2.05 ERA and a 2.62 Fielding Independent Pitching in 30.2 innings of work. In 2014 with the Pirates, he had a 4.89 ERA, but the FIP was much better at 3.22 in 70 innings.
During Spring Training of 2015, Cumpton was experiencing elbow discomfort and had to undergo Tommy John surgery. If things weren’t bad enough, he then had subacromial decompression surgery on his pitching shoulder six months later. Once Cumpton finishes his rehab and fully builds up his arm strength, he will likely pitch for AAA Indianapolis.