Day 27: Twins @ Pirates

Here we are, back at McKechnie Field to play the Twins… again…

Eric Hinske (left rib cage contusion) was in the batting cages when I arrived this morning and afterward said that he took 60 swings off the tee. On Wednesday, Hinske took 30 swings; it was the first time he had swung in two weeks.

Hinske also has begun throwing again. He threw from about 60 feet on Wednesday and was going to try to extend that distance to 90 feet on Thursday. The good news: Hinske reported no discomfort with any of this work.

The Pirates have still not set a timetable for his return.

Also, infielder Shelby Ford is out with a right wrist contusion. We haven’t been informed of the severity of the injury; that’s something I’ll have to find out from Russell post-game. Ford injured his wrist yesterday when he landed awkwardly on it while playing second. He will not play on Thursday.

And the lineups…


  1. Nate McLouth (CF)
  2. Freddy Sanchez (2B)
  3. Ryan Doumit (C)
  4. Adam LaRoche (1B)
  5. Craig Monroe (RF)
  6. Steve Pearce (DH)
  7. Jose Tabata (LF)
  8. Neil Walker (3B)
  9. Jack Wilson (SS)

Pitchers: Virgil Vasquez, Denny Bautista, Tyler Yates, Jesse Chavez, Chris Bootcheck, Sean Burnett


  1. Denard Span (RF)
  2. Matt Tolbert (2B)
  3. Carlos Gomez (CF)
  4. Delmon Young (LF)
  5. Danny Valencia (3B)
  6. Brock Peterson (DH)
  7. Matt Macri (1B)
  8. Wilson Ramos (C)
  9. Trevor Plouffe (SS)

Pitchers: Scott Baker

1 Comment

Lets Go Pitt Beat the Mountaineers just thought id say that but im so glad the pirates are lookin good right now and the pens r doin great its a great time to be in the burgh

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