May 2: Pirates (10-14) @ Dodgers (10-14)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Garrett Jones spoke about his food-stuck-in-the-esophagus ordeal this morning, and you can read more about that on pirates.com in a bit. In short, it was a piece of beef that got stuck where the esophagus meets the stomach. Doctors had to administer anesthesia to Jones at the hospital yesterday, and while Jones was under, the doctors went down his throat with tubes to dislodge the piece of meat. The procedure lasted about 30-45 minutes.

Jones is back in the lineup today, though he is still battling a sore throat. He said he slept pretty well last night, unlike on Friday.

Now that I’m done playing doctor, here’s the rest of your news…

  • With Jones’ throat now cleared, the larger concern is his production at the plate. Jones’ batting average has dropped to .207 since going 9-for-51 in his last 15 games.
  • Octavio Dotel has left the team to fly to Pittsburgh and be with his wife, who is about to give birth with their first child.
  • Manager John Russell said that closing duties would likely fall to either Joel Hanrahan or Evan Meek today if need be. He said it won’t be Brendan Donnelly, who hasn’t pitched since Tuesday. 
  • Speaking of Donnelly, he was somewhat under the weather this morning. Apparently he wasn’t the only one in the clubhouse not feeling great either as he said something was going around.
  • For the first time this season, the Pirates are hitting their pitcher in the ninth spot. You’ll remember that Russell had the pitcher hitting eighth early this season in order to get two hitters in front of No. 2 hitter Andrew McCutchen. Well, with McCutchen now hitting third, that’s accomplished even with a more traditional batting order.
  • Today wraps up the team’s only 10-game road trip of the season. The only other three-city trip the club will make the season comes in late June when they jump from Texas to Oakland to Chicago.
  • This is also the final game that the Dodgers and Pirates will play in 2010. The season series is 3-3 so far, and with a win on Sunday, Pittsburgh would have its first winning season against LA since 2000.
  • Ryan Church is back in the lineup, with struggling first baseman Jeff Clement getting the day off. The move makes obvious sense, too. Church is 27-for-69 lifetime at Dodger Stadium in 20 games. Clement, on the other hand, is hitless in his last 15 at-bats. He has struck out eight times in that span.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  2. Aki Iwamura (2B)
  3. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  4. Garrett Jones (1B)
  5. Ryan Church (RF)
  6. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  7. Bobby Crosby (SS)
  8. Jason Jaramillo (C)
  9. Jeff Karstens (RHP)

Dodgers lineup:

  1. Xavier Paul (LF)
  2. Russell Martin (C)
  3. Andre Ethier (RF)
  4. Matt Kemp (CF)
  5. James Loney (1B)
  6. Ronnie Belliard (3B)
  7. Blake DeWitt (2B)
  8. Jamey Carroll (SS)
  9. Hiroki Kuroda (RHP)

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