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Lyles to make rehab start Sunday


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Jordan Lyles could be back in the Pirates’ rotation next week.

Lyles is scheduled to make a rehab start Sunday for one of the farm clubs. Clint Hurdle said Wednesday the logistics are still being worked out.

Before Wednesday night’s game with the Tigers at PNC Park, Lyles threw a four-inning simulated game. He has been on the injured list with left hamstring tightness since June 10.

In other injury news:

• Jameson Taillon (right elbow flexor tendon strain) has rejoined the Pirates after spending two weeks rehabbing at the team’s spring training facility in Bradenton, Fla. He is about 10-14 days away from beginning a throwing program.

• Francisco Cervelli (concussion) is taking part in full baseball activities and will be examined by a neurologist next Tuesday. A determination will be made then whether he can return to game action.

• Keone Kela (right shoulder inflammation) has restarted his throwing program in Bradenton and is playing catch up to 90 feet. He will rejoin the Pirates next Tuesday in Houston when they open a three-game series against the Astros, but there is no timetable for when he could return.

• Erik Gonzalez (left clavicle fracture) is taking part in all baseball activities, including adding sliding drills this week, and could begin a rehab assignment by the end of the month.

• Nick Burdi (right biceps/elbow nerve issue) continues to play catch but has not been cleared to throw off a mound.

• Rookie Davis (right middle-finger blister) will make a second rehab start for Class AAA Indianapolis, though the Pirates haven’t decided when.

• Lonnie Chisenhall (left calf strain) is in the process of getting a third opinion on his injury.

• Edgar Santana (Tommy John surgery) has temporarily transferred his rehab from Bradenton to his native Dominican Republic after his wife recently gave birth.

• Chad Kuhl (Tommy John surgery) continues his rehab in Bradenton.

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