Williams is scheduled to pitch a simulated game at some point during the Pirates’ three-game series against the Brewers at Milwaukee. Williams has been out since May 17 with a right side strain.
Before the Pirates’ game with the Braves on Wednesday night at PNC Park, Williams had a bullpen session and threw the equivalent of two innings. Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said if Williams gets through the simulated game without any issues, the right-hander will likely go on a minor-league rehab assignment next week.
In other injury news:
• Jameson Taillon (right elbow flexor tendon strain) and Keone Kela (right shoulder inflammation) are both transferring their rehabs to the spring training facility in Bradenton, Fla. There is still not a timetable for when Taillon will throw but Kela will resume a throwing program next week.
• Francisco Cervelli (concussion) is only taking part in light workouts and there is no timetable for his return.
• Corey Dickerson (right posterior shoulder strain) and Jung Ho Kang (left side strain) are symptom-free as they continue their rehab assignments with Class AAA Indianapolis. There is no timetable for when either could be activated from the injured list.
• Erik Gonzalez (left clavicle fracture) has been cleared to begin hitting and is likely two or three weeks from going on a rehab assignment.
• Chris Stratton (right side discomfort) will also throw a sim game in Milwaukee and could join Williams on a rehab assignment next week.
• Nick Burdi (right biceps/elbow nerve issue) remains in Bradenton and has not been cleared to throw.
• Lonnie Chisenhall (left calf strain) remains at home in North Carolina and there is no timetable for when he might rejoin Indianapolis to resume his rehab assignment.
The Pirates' pitching staff is in desperate need of help. The sooner Williams can make it back to the active roster, the better.