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Pirates place LHP Bailey Falter (triceps) on 15-day IL

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed left-handed starter Bailey Falter on the 15-day injury on Sunday because of left triceps tendinitis.

In a corresponding move, the Pirates selected the contract of right-hander Brent Honeywell Jr. from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Falter, 27, lasted only until the third inning of a 5-2 loss to the visiting New York Mets on Saturday, when he walked the third batter, J.D. Martinez, on four pitches and then threw a ball to Pete Alonso before coming out of the game.

The Pirates termed his condition as left posterior arm discomfort before the more specific diagnosis.

“I just obviously wanted to try to stay in the game for as much as possible, just to give the bullpen a little break,” Falter said after the game. “But I noticed a little discomfort in the warmup pitches in the third. Didn’t really throw too many strikes. It kind of flared up after that, and I kind of just lost feel for (the strike zone).”

Falter took the loss to fall to 4-7 this season with a 4.08 ERA, 28 walks and 61 strikeouts in 90 1/3 innings over 17 starts.

In parts of four seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies (2021-23) and Pirates (2023-present), Falter is 14-21 with a 4.55 ERA, 71 walks and 229 strikeouts in 288 2/3 innings over 77 games (48 starts).

Honeywell, 29, signed as a free agent with Pittsburgh in February and had not appeared in a major league game this season. He was 1-3 with seven saves, a 4.85 ERA, 17 walks and 33 strikeouts in 39 innings over 31 appearances with Indianapolis.

Pittsburgh designated left-hander Justin Bruihl for assignment to make room for Honeywell on the 40-man roster. Bruihl, 27, is 0-0 with a 9.53 ERA in 5 2/3 innings over seven appearances this season.

The Pirates also activated catcher Henry Davis (concussion) from the seven-day injured list following the end of his rehab assignment and optioned him to Indianapolis. The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2021, Davis, 24, is batting .153 in 29 games with Pittsburgh this season.

–Field Level Media

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