Game 62: Mets (29-32) @ Pirates (30-31)
The Pirates now have nine players — yes, nine — on the disabled list. And the bad news is not a single one appears close to coming off that list anytime soon. Right-hander Evan Meek becomes the latest addition, as the Pirates placed him on the DL with right shoulder tendinitis on Friday. The club called up Tim Wood to take Meek’s spot in the ‘pen.
Meek feels no pain in his shoulder, which was bothering him back in April. But despite feeling no pain, Meek is not getting the velocity he should be on his pitches. He’s been sitting around 88-91 mph since coming back. When Meek is healthy, he’s easily throwing 95-96 mph. So obviously something is not right.
Meek is headed to Dr. James Andrews to get a second opinion. He insists he doesn’t believe he’s going to need surgery, but he’ll find out for sure on Monday. Much more detail on the situation to come on pirates.com later.
As for the rest of the players on the DL, here’s your list with an update on each:
- Pedro Alvarez (right quad strain) – restrained his right quad on Tuesday and is getting treatment; no word on when he’ll return to extended spring games
- Joe Beimel (left elbow inflammation) – has thrown at a distance of 90 feet on flat ground the last two days; he’ll throw from 105 feet on Saturday and build up to 120 feet eventually; first bullpen session will come when team is in Houston next week
- Mike Crotta (right elbow inflammation) — has begun throwing bullpen sessions
- Ryan Doumit (left ankle sprain) — has gone to Bradenton to begin rehab; hoping for late July return
- Steve Pearce (right calf strain) — still wearing boot and unable to do any activity
- Chris Snyder (back surgery) — had successful surgery on Friday; Pirates optimistic that he will play again this season
- Kevin Hart (right shoulder surgery) — pitching in game settings in Bradenton
- Ross Ohlendorf (right shoulder strain) — throwing bullpen sessions
A few other news and notes…
- The Pirates moved Snyder to the 60-day DL to make room for Wood. This means Snyder won’t be back for at least two months. It could be longer than that. The only thing the Pirates are saying is that Snyder could return before the end of the season. Pretty vague, I know. But it’s all we’ve been told for now.
- Tim Wood is on his way to Pittsburgh now and is expected to arrive at the ballpark around 7 pm. That means he should be available out of the ‘pen tonight.
- Speaking of Wood, manager Clint Hurdle said he hopes to be able to use the right-hander in the back end of the bullpen, similar to a role the Pirates had wanted Meek to fill.
- Chris Resop, who has pitched in each of the last four games is not available tonight. If possible, Hurdle would also like to stay away from Tony Watson, who has pitched the last two nights.
- Caught up with Jason Bay earlier as this is his first trip to Pittsburgh since being traded in July 2008. More on his thoughts about coming back and on the city of Pittsburgh on pirates.com tonight.
- Shortstop Ronny Cedeno has gone 44 straight games without an error. No Pirates shortstop since Jay Bell in 1996 has gone longer. Bell strung together 46 consecutive errorless games that year.
- The Pirates have a tough task tonight, facing a pitcher in Dillon Gee who has not been beaten by anyone this year. He is the only NL pitcher with at least five starts made to still be undefeated.
PIRATES: J. Tabata (LF), J. Harrison (3B), A. McCutchen (CF), N. Walker (2B), L. Overbay (1B), M. Diaz (RF), R. Cedeno (SS), D. Brown (C), C. Morton (RHP)
METS: J. Reyes (SS), J. Turner (3B), C. Beltran (RF), D. Murphy (1B), A. Pagan (CF), L. Duda (LF), J. Thole (C), R. Tejada (2B), D. Gee (RHP)
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