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Pittsburgh Pirates place Sam Howard (oblique) on IL

Jun 1, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Sam Howard (54) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during in the eighth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 1, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Sam Howard (54) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during in the eighth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed left-handed reliever Sam Howard on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a strained right oblique.

The move is retroactive to Saturday.

Howard, 28, is 2-2 with a 5.76 ERA in 38 appearances this season. He has struck out 41 batters and walked 22 in 29 2/3 innings.

A third-round draft pick by Colorado in 2014, Howard is 6-5 with a 5.25 ERA in 84 career games with the Rockies (2018-19) and Pirates.

–Field Level Media