Jack Wilson put on DL with sprained finger

The Pirates announced after Saturday’s win that shortstop Jack Wilson would have to be put on the 15-day disabled list due to a lingering middle left finger sprain.

Boy, that adds to an already dismal week in terms of injury news. On Tuesday, it was Ryan Doumit, who learned that he would miss 8-10 weeks because of right wrist surgery. Nate McLouth is out indefinitely with a right oblique injury. Craig Hansen was put on the DL retroactive to April 20 because of neck spasms. And now Wilson.

Brian Bixler has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to take Wilson’s spot on the roster. Bixler is scheduled to arrive in San Diego on Sunday morning and will be ready to play in the Pirates’ finale against the Padres if needed.

Wilson has been dealing with significant discomfort in the finger since spraining it during the team’s home opener back on April 13. He missed three starts due to the injury, but had played through the pain during the last five games. He was initially in Saturday’s lineup, but was scratched shortly before the start of the game.

“From the first day that it happened, I told [manager John Russell] that as long as I can play short I’ll be out there,” Wilson said. “The last couple of days I’ve started to do things differently to start compensating for the pain – catching balls different ways, fielding balls different ways. It’s just getting to the point where it’s hurting us as a team and it’s not getting any better.”

With McLouth nursing his injury and out indefinitely, the Pirates had no choice but to put Wilson on the DL in order to ensure that they had at least four healthy bench players.

The hope is that Wilson, who is not wearing any sort of cast on the finger, will be able to heal quickly simply with some extended rest. Until the swelling goes down, he is unlikely to participate in any baseball activity.

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