The Pirates went into 2020 knowing they would be without their staff ace, Jameson Taillon, who was recovering from Tommy John surgery.
On Tuesday, they found out they would be without their No. 2, as well. Chris Archer underwent surgery to relieve symptoms of neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome, meaning that if there is a 2020 season, he won't be a part of it.
It raises concerns about what the 2020 Pirates' rotation will look like, and what Archer's future with the club will be.
"He’s a really skilled pitcher," general manager Ben Cherington said during a Zoom call Wednesday. "He’s been a really successful starting pitcher in the major leagues. We need more of those. It’s tough news for us. It’s even tougher news for him, that he’s not going to be able to be out there and pitch. We need to figure out a way to compensate for that longer-term."