May 1: Pirates (10-13) @ Dodgers (9-14)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

After spotting Johnny Depp, Charlie Chaplin, Spiderman and Scooby Doo on Hollywood Blvd this morning, I come to Dodger Stadium and find out that Garrett Jones has been in the hospital today after getting food stuck in his esophagus.

What a weird day. Only in LA.

In an attempt to get back to some normalcy, let’s get straight to the daily notes:

  • So here’s the skinny on Jones, as we know it now. Apparently he went to eat something (food unknown) after last night’s game and got it lodged in his esophagus. You know the feeling… we’ve all done it. Though usually some water or big swallows does the trick. Jones wasn’t so lucky. He threw up a few times last night and was still feeling bothered this morning, so he went to the hospital. The Pirates will know more when Jones arrives at Dodger Stadium between 5-6 pm PT, but they aren’t expecting this to be something that keeps him out of the lineup past Saturday.
  • Whether Jones will be available to pinch hit on Saturday night will be determined once he gets here as well.
  • Speaking of pinch hitters, the Pirates continue to play with just four. The team still has a 13-man pitching staff and 12-man staff, though expect that to be changing soon. Assuming the starting pitching continues to stabalize itself, manager John Russell said he expects to send down the extra reliever (my guess: Brian Bass) and bring up an additional position player during the first series of the next homestand.
  • Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit needs a hit on Saturday to match his career-high 11-game hitting streak. In his last 10 games, Doumit is 16-for-34. His .306 season average ranks third among all National League catchers.
  • Bryan Morris (product of the 2008 Jason Bay trade) had another stellar game for the high-A Bradenton Marauders on Friday. Morris allowed four hits and struck out seven in seven scoreless innings. In five starts this season, Morris has allowed just three earned runs in 27 2/3 innings. He’s likely headed to Double-A soon, and you can read more about the pitching prospect on pirates.com later.
  • Speaking of the Marauders, their 14-7 record this season is the best in the 12-team Florida State League.
  • Lefty Zach Duke has to be glad that Saturday’s start won’t be coming against the Brewers. Duke allowed 14 earned runs in nine innings to Milwaukee,which he faced in his last two starts. Now he faces a Dodgers team that he limited to two runs in five innings on Opening Day. Said Russell: “I’m sure he’s ready to turn the page on it. Push the reset button. Face a different team and move on.”
  • All you Pittsburghers who remember Trenni Kusnierek from FSN Pittsburgh (she left after the 2007 season and is now a reporter for MLB Network), I wanted to let you know that she is one of the newest members of the MLBlogs network. You can find her baseball blog here.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Aki Iwamura (2B)
  2. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  3. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  4. Ryan Church (RF)
  5. Ryan Doumit (C)
  6. Jeff Clement (1B)
  7. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  8. Zach Duke (LHP)
  9. Ronny Cedeno (SS)

Dodgers lineup:

  1. Reed Johnson (LF)
  2. Russell Martin (C)
  3. Andre Ethier (RF)
  4. Matt Kemp (CF)
  5. James Loney (1B)
  6. Casey Blake (3B)
  7. Blake DeWitt (2B)
  8. Jamey Carroll (SS)
  9. Carlos Monasterios (RHP)

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