Game 60: D-backs (33-28) @ Pirates (29-30)
We’ll get to the news everyone wants first: Pedro Alvarez suffered a setback in his rehab on Tuesday when he retweaked his right quad while playing in an extended Spring Training game. Alvarez has been on the disabled list since May 21 with a quad strain that has been bothering him for much longer than that.
GM Neal Huntington said Alvarez had treatment on Tuesday after exiting the game and that his symptoms will dictate when he will be able to return to game activity. Manager Clint Hurdle suggested it will be treatment-only for at least a week.
This is not good news for Alvarez or the Pirates, who were hoping to have Alvarez’s bat in the lineup sooner rather than later. You have to wonder if this is an injury that is going to keep Alvarez out until at least the All-Star Break now that he is basically starting the rehab process over. The Pirates are doing OK piecing a lineup together without Alvarez, but he is a bat the club needs to make this offense formidable. In the meantime, it looks like Josh Harrison and Brandon Wood will continue splitting time at third.
A few other items of note…
- The Pirates announced that they will make up the May 12 rainout against the Dodgers on Sept. 1. The game will start at 4:05 pm. Oddly enough, that makeup game will come in the middle of the Pirates’ three-city, 10-game road trip. The club will play four in St. Louis, three in Houston, fly back to Pittsburgh for one day and then travel to Chicago for a three-game set. That will be part of a stretch where the club plays 21 games in 20 days.
- Here is the transcript of Hurdle’s chat on pirates.com earlier today.
- More than just bragging rights are on the line for Paul Maholm and Zach Duke, who will face each other later this evening. Both will be looking to move back in front as the all-time leader in wins at PNC Park. Both lefties currently have 31, though Maholm has the lower ERA here. Maholm and Duke also rank one, two in number of starts made at PNC Park, as well. This will be Maholm’s 88th and Duke’s 82nd.
- The Pirates have another shot at reaching .500 with a win on Wednesday. The team hasn’t been .500 since May 10, when it was 18-18. If the Pirates can reach .500 tonight it would be the latest the team has been there this late in a season since 2005.
- Left fielder Jose Tabata has been playing through a minor injury for almost two weeks now. He’s been battling left thumb soreness since fouling a pitch off his hand during the team’s trip to Chicago at the end of May.
- Lefty Joe Beimel was back throwing on flat ground early Wednesday afternoon.
PIRATES: J. Tabata (LF), J. Harrison (3B), A. McCutchen (CF), N. Walker (2B), M. Diaz (RF), C. Snyder (C), L. Overbay (1B), R. Cedeno (SS), P. Maholm (LHP)
D-BACKS: W. Bloomquist (SS), M. Mora (3B), J. Upton (RF), C. Young (CF), J. Miranda (1B), X. Nady (LF), H. Blanco (C), R. Roberts (2B), Z. Duke (LHP)
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