BRADENTON, Fla. -- Jordan Lyles wasn’t concerned when he took the LECOM Park mound for a simulated game Monday morning but did admit to having peace of mind when it was over.
Favored to win the competition for the Pirates’ fifth starter’s job, Lyles pitched four innings and threw 60 pitches. He faced teammates Josh Bell, Adam Frazier, Jung Ho Kang and Gregory Polanco.
Lyles left his previous outing last Tuesday against the Twins after two innings because of cramping in his right side. However, he got through a bullpen session Saturday without pain and felt fine following Monday’s outing.