May 27: Pirates (21-25) @ Cubs (22-22); Capps throws
Good news on two fronts. First, looks like the rain should hold off long enough today to get this game in sans delay. Second, closer Matt Capps was out on the field earlier this morning and throwing. After not picking up a ball yesterday, Capps threw about 25 pitches from 120 feet. He said he felt some soreness, but that was to be expected. Capps and manager John Russell were both optimistic that Capps might be able to throw a side session as early as Thursday.
As far as a timetable, it’s still too early to tell exactly when Capps will return. But, as Russell confirmed this morning, it looks like he’ll be able to avoid a DL stint altogether.
A few other notes on the injury front…
- Tyler Yates (right elbow inflammation) went back to Pittsburgh on Tuesday for further tests, though everything came back fine. He still hasn’t moved from long toss to the mound (which he was supposed to), which means he’s almost certainly not going to be built up enough to come off the DL on Sunday when he’s eligible.
- Catcher Ryan Doumit is scheduled to have his follow-up CT scan in Pittsburgh on Thursday to see how the bone in his right wrist is healing. The results of that scan will determine Doumit’s course of rehab.
- Craig Hansen is having further tests on his neck/back today in Pittsburgh. No word yet on those, but I’ll pass that along as soon as I have something.
You’ll notice there is no Jack Wilson or Freddy Sanchez in the lineup today — nothing to worry about, though. Just a day off for both middle infielders. Wilson hadn’t had a day off since returning from the DL. Sanchez had played in 15 straight games.
Also, for all that was written about Andy LaRoche’s early season offensive struggles, maybe not enough is being written about his production now, which has been tremendous. LaRoche enters Wednesday’s game with an 11-game hitting streak (matching his season and career high) and is hitting .462 during those 11 games. He’s reached base safely in his last 22 games, and has hit .341 since April 16. All of this production has also bumped LaRoche’s season batting average up to .303.
- Nyjer Morgan (LF)
- Delwyn Young (2B)
- Nate McLouth (CF)
- Adam LaRoche (1B)
- Andy LaRoche (3B)
- Brandon Moss (RF)
- Ramon Vazquez (SS)
- Jason Jaramillo (C)
- Zach Duke (LHP)
- Alfonso Soriano (LF)
- Ryan Theriot (SS)
- Milton Bradley (RF)
- Derrek Lee (1B)
- Reed Johnson (CF)
- Geovany Soto (C)
- Ryan Freel (3B)
- Andres Blanco (2B)
- Carlos Zambrano (RHP)