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Day 4: Daily Squeeze

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PJ Forbes and Josh Fields.jpgA nightmarish case of identity theft has slowed me down in getting on the blog today, and for that I apologize. But now that I’m here, let’s jump right in…

  • LHP Scott Olsen hobbled off the field this morning. Fortunately, the early exit from workouts had nothing to do with Olsen’s left shoulder (which has given him problems for the last two years). He felt some tightness in his hamstring during fielding practice, and that ended his day. Olsen will be reevaluated on Friday, though he insisted that this setback is nothing that should keep him off the field for more than a day or two.
  • Camp is almost full, and all players are required to report to Bradenton by the end of the day on Friday. On Thursday, Alex Presley and John Bowker arrived for their first day of workouts.
  • Talked with farm director Kyle Stark today about a number of Minor League players (you’ll see that information trickling out in the coming days), but he was encouraged to report that none of the Minor Leaguers are going to be limited coming into camp. No offseason surgeries or injuries to report.
  • Speaking of Minor League camp, the early group will begin on February 28. The Pirates invited about 30 pitchers and 30 position players to report early. Minor League camp starts in full on March 7.
  • I don’t expect manager Clint Hurdle to be revealing his lineup to us any time soon. He said on Thursday that he’s had many discussions about potential batting orders, but nothing is in pen. Pressed further about Andrew McCutchen’s placement in the lineup, Hurdle suggested that the center fielder could hit third or in the leadoff spot.
  • While Sean Gallagher is a candidate to make the Pirates’ bullpen, the club is not ruling out using him as a starter. If Gallagher starts, it would almost certainly be in Triple-A to begin the year.
  • Slug bunts were a major point of emphasis in workouts today. All the pitchers were working on them, and Hurdle has every intention of pulling out the surprise play during the season.
  • Go here to read more about what baserunning coach Luis Silverio is doing with McCutchen to make him a more effective and efficient baserunner. The Pirates want McCutchen to run, and Silverio thinks he’s identified a few things that can be cleaned up to make McCutchen’s first step quicker.
  • A group of 16 pitchers had their second side session on Thursday. That group included: Charlie Morton, Brian Burres, Fernando Nieve, Chris Resop, Gallagher, Tony Watson, Cesar Valdez, Tyler Yates, Jeff Karstens, Justin Thomas, Brad Lincoln, Chris Leroux, Daniel McCutchen, Ramon Aguero, Daniel Moskos and Bryan Morris.
  • Congratulations go out to Steve Pearce, who was married over the offseason. He joins Pedro Alvarez as one of the newlyweds in the clubhouse.
  • Pirates Charities is hosting the annual Spring Training golf tournament next week. If you are interested in joining former and current players and playing in the event, contact Stacy Morgan (; 941-747-3031).
  • I hope you catch the irony in the photo above, which was snapped by team photographer Dave Arrigo.

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Bucs finalize AFL roster

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The Pirates have finalized their Arizona Fall League roster and will be sending pitchers Aaron Pribanic, Brian Leach and Justin Wilson to play for the Mesa Solar Sox next month.

The organization’s participating position players – catcher Tony Sanchez, infielders Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer, and outfielder Andrew Lambo – had already been previously announced.

Pirates director of player development Kyle Stark said that only one of the three pitchers (likely Wilson) will be a starter for the Solar Sox, though there is no need to read anything into that decision. The organization has targeted innings counts that they don’t want their pitchers to exceed, and there are only so many starting spots available.

Wilson is coming off a strong end to his season, as he recently helped Double-A Altoona capture the Eastern League Championship title. Wilson, the Pirates’ fifth-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, pitched 13 scoreless innings in the playoffs.

The left-hander went 11-8 with a 3.09 ERA in 27 regular season appearances (26 starts). He struck out 134 but walked 71 in 142 2/3 innings.

Pribanic and Leach both spent the year pitching in Class A Bradenton’s rotation. Pribanic, who was acquired from the Mariners in the Jack Wilson trade last year, finished 7-6 with a 3.33 ERA in 27 starts. A 25th-round pick in 2008, Leach posted a 3.85 ERA and 9-9 record in 27 games (25 starts).

AFL action begins on October 12.

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Alderson demoted; Bixler re-acquired

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Before witnessing balls launched out of Angel Stadium, here are some Pirates Minor League news and notes for the day:

  • Right-hander Tim Alderson, the only player acquired from San Francisco in the Freddy Sanchez trade, has been demoted to high-A. Alderson, 21, had been in Double-A since early in the 2009 season. Before allowing five earned runs on seven hits in three innings of a suspended game on Monday, Alderson was 7-5 with a 5.30 ERA in 17 games. He had walked 26 and struck out 57. Here is what farm director Kyle Stark said about the demotion: “We felt like we needed to get Alderson off the treadmill of surviving and trying to get Double-A hitters out, and shifted to focusing on taking the steps necessary to get on track to getting Major League hitters out. This is a big picture move focused on his delivery, mentality, and understanding of who he needs to be as a pitcher.”
  • As Alderson was sent down, lefty Jeff Locke was promoted to Altoona from high-A Bradenton. Locke, who was acquired as part of the Nate McLouth trade, was 9-3 with a 3.54 ERA in 17 games with the Marauders. He walked 14 and struck out 83 in 86 1/3 innings. He will take Alderson’s place in the Curve’s rotation.
  • The Pirates have re-acquired infielder Brian Bixler from the Indians organization. The Pirates traded Bixler to the Indians for Minor Leaguer Jesus Brito back in January. Bixler was hitting .278 with 13 doubles, three homers and 27 RBIs in 64 games with Triple-A Columbus at the time of the trade. Why did the Pirates take Bixler back? GM Neal Huntington: “He became available, Kyle was looking for a versatile right-handed hitter for Triple-A, and it was a good fit.”
  • West Virginia’s Nathan Baker was named the South Atlantic League’s Pitcher of the Week on Monday after not allowing an earned run in 14 innings last week. The left-hander pitched 14 innings, striking out 12 and walking just two. On Tuesday, Baker threw eight no-hit innings. The fifth-round Draft pick in 2009 is 6-5 with a 2.99 ERA in 16 starts this year.
  • Kevin Decker (State College) also earned Pitcher-of-the-Week honors, his for the New-York Penn League. He pitched 10 scoreless innings for the Spikes last week, allowing only five hits, two walks and striking out nine. The left-hander was a 39th-round pick for the Pirates this year out of the College of Charleston.

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Kevin Hart placed on DL

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Kevin Hart has been placed on the Triple-A disabled list with what the organization believes to be right biceps tendinitis, said director of player development Kyle Stark. Stark said that there is not yet an estimate on how much time Hart is expected to miss.

Hart, who lost out on the Pirates’ fifth rotation spot this spring, has made five appearances (four starts) with Triple-A Indianapolis this season. Overall, he has allowed 13 earned runs on 18 hits in 17 1/3 innings. Hart has walked 11 and struck out 19.

His most recent outing came on Wednesday, and it wasn’t a pretty one. The righty lasted just two innings and gave up seven earned runs on seven hits and four walks.

In order to give Indianapolis an extra arm in the bullpen, right-hander Mike Dubee has been promoted from Double-A. Dubee has pitched 9 2/3 innings out of the Altoona bullpen this season. He has allowed just one earned run on seven hits.

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Minor League news and notes

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Alvarez 2 02-20 _068.jpgWe’ll get back to big league stuff in a minute, but for those of you with one eye on the organization’s Minor League system heading into 2010, here are some notes you might be interested in. Information is courtesy of farm director Kyle Stark (I’ll thank him for you)…

  • Pedro Alvarez: The plan is to keep him at third base, though that could eventually change for one of two reasons. One, how Jeff Clement and Andy LaRoche fare at the big league level could play a role in whether the Pirates think about using Alvarez at first. Two, he has to continue to shore up his defense and conditioning to stick at the hot corner.
  • Neil Walker: For all the talk about where Walker might be able to play, the key is this: If Walker is going to get a strong look from Pittsburgh, he’s going to have to hit. As Stark put it, “If Neil’s bat progresses, we’ll find a spot for Neil.” The plan is to try him out in a few spots this spring to improve his versatility. He’ll keep playing third, but will also likely get continued work at second and learn the corner outfield spots.
  • Jose Tabata: Though Tabata’s most likely spot in Pittsburgh is right field, he’ll keep getting a lot of work in center as long as he’s in the Minors. The Pirates have not ruled out using Tabata in left field eventually because of how spacious it is at PNC Park.
  • Chase d’Arnaud: After splitting the ’09 season between the two Single-A levels, d’Arnaud is projected to begin the year with Double-A Altoona. It’s an agressive move, but the organization wants to get him hitting against Double-A pitching. D’Arnaud will likely have to split time between short and second there because of the number of middle infield prospects expected to be with Altoona. But long-term, the Pirates see him as a shortstop.
  • Brian Friday: He spent all of 2009 at Altoona, but is expected to open the season as Indianapolis’ everyday shortstop.
  • Daniel Moskos: I asked the usual Spring Training question… is Moskos going to start or relieve? The answer: TBD. Stark: “That is a discussion every day. I think that Danny has put himself in position where he’s trying to make 1 of 12 spots as opposed to 1 of 5 (starting spots) or 1 of 7 (relief spots). There are some things that say the starter role will be the best value and have the best upside. Then there are some things that make you think this guy needs to go pitch in the bullpen. I think that regardless of what we do, we’re going to try and get at the bullpen mentality of competing. Last year going through starting, there was some sense of trying to pace himself to get through six or seven innings, and so I think that regardless of whether it’s in that role or in the bullpen, that the attack mentality is the thing that we’re going to focus on with him.”
  • Rudy Owens: The left-hander is in the mix to start at Double-A this year, though it’s not a certainty. Even if he does start at high-A Bradenton, the expectation is that Owens will be in Altoona before the end of the season.
  • Stark noted three Minor Leaguers who are going to be sidelined to start the season. Colton Cain (8th round, 2009) has dealt with a back injury this winter which will keep him from being ready on Opening Day. However, Cain has been cleared to begin workouts, so the injury is not expected to linger. Brett Lorin (acquired in the Seattle trade) will miss the start of the season because of a hip injury. Zac Fuesser (34th round, 2009) is also out with an injury.

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Pirates Minor Leaguer charged with DUI; disciplined by organization

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Left-hander Michael Felix, the Pirates’ second-round Draft pick in 2006, was arrested early on Friday morning for driving under the influence in State College, Pa., where Felix is currently playing with the Pirates’ short-season affiliate. Felix was recently benched as a result, though Pirates officials confirmed on Monday that he will remain in the organization.

Director of Player Development Kyle Stark issued this statement regarding the incident:

“We are certainly disappointed in Mike’s decisions off the field that led to this incident. We are relieved that no one was hurt and obviously do not condone this behavior. I can assure you that Mike is embarrassed by his actions and recognizes that this is not the way he should represent himself, his family, or the organization. Mike has already been disciplined internally and will now be subject to the legal process.”

According to news reports, Felix was pulled over after not using his turn signal and then found to have a blood alchol content well over the legal limit.

Felix, 24, is 0-1 with a 4.46 ERA in 17 games (three starts) split between State College and Lynchburg this season. He has not pitched since the Aug. 21 incident.

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August 22: Reds (51-70) @ Pirates (50-70); Cedeno out with slight pinky fracture

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Not that it is headline-worthy news or anything, but I’ll throw it out there anyway — with a win on Saturday, the Pirates can (at least a night) climb out of the National League Central basement. The Pirates have held the division’s bottom spot since June 20 when the team was 31-37. That does include sharing last plce with Cincinnati for four days earlier this month.

Now of course, the Pirates would have to win both Saturday and Sunday’s contest to stay out of the basement when the Reds leave town… but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.

As bad as it may seem the Pirates have been this month, the Reds have been as dismal offensively. Let’s do some August comparisons since I have the time and hopefully you have the interest:

  • Records: Pirates: 6-12; Reds: 6-13
  • Team batting average: Pirates: .234 (29th in Majors); Reds: .217 (30th)
  • Runs scored: Pirates: 70 (29th); Reds: 66 (30th)
  • Team OBP: Pirates: .302 (29th); Reds: .282 (30th)

As for today’s news, notes and randomness:

  • Shortstop Ronny Cedeno fractured the tip of his pinky finger on Friday night and is out of the lineup on Saturday and likely Sunday as well. The incident happened in the fourth when Cedeno fielded Micah Owings’ grounder up the middle. There is nothing that can be done to speed up the healing process, though Cedeno will be able to play once the swelling goes down. Even though it’s on his right hand, it shouldn’t affect his throwing too much since it’s just the pinky. However, there is concern that it could have a longer negative affect on his swing.
  • In his first 19 starts at shortstop for the Pirates, Cedeno hit .261 wih four homers and 12 RBIs.
  • Luis Cruz earned the start in place of Cedeno on Saturday despite manager John Russell also having Brian Bixler and Ramon Vazquez as options. When asked why he went with Cruz, Russell lauded Cruz’s hard work since being called up on July 10 and his play during a start last Saturday in Chicago.
  • Bixler has yet to make an appearance in a game since being called up from Triple-A a week ago. That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement for a player that Pirates management continues to insist has the chance to be a part of the organization’s future.
  • As noted on here yesterday, Evan Meek’s season has come to an end with his placement on the 60-day DL on Friday. Russell had this to say about Meek’s year: “He developed in a lot of different areas – maturity, confidence, a guy we started to rely on later in games. I think he progressed very nicely. I think he put himself in a very good position to have a very good opportunity to make our club next year. It was a chance for him to really grow as a pitcher, and I think he accomplished some really good things this year.”
  • Meek finished 1-1 with a 3.45 ERA in 41 relief apperances.
  • Catcher Ryan Doumit has just four hits in his last 34 at-bats, though he should have had two hits last night. Rather, he finished 0-for-3 after being robbed of an extra-base hit by a leaping grab at the wall and had another hit taken away by a diving catch in right. That’s kind of the story of the week for Doumit, who has looked better at the plate but with nothing to show for it. Russell continues to hit Doumit fifth, behind Andy LaRoche.
  • Triple-A Indianapolis got trounced 15-6 on Friday while calling on not one, but two position players to pitch in the game. Outfielder Larry Broadway allowed two hits and struck out one in 2/3 innings. Infielder/outfielder Chris Barnwell allowed one hit, one run and walked one in his one inning of relief.
  • Director of Player Development Kyle Stark said that he expects Draft picks Zackry Dodson (4th round), Zachary Von Rosenberg (6th round) and Colton Cain (8th round) to see limited game action in the Gulf Coast League before the season ends. The main objective, though, is to get the three high school pitchers focused for the upcoming fall instructional league. Each has been working out in Bradenton, Fla., since signing earlier this month.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Delwyn Young (2B)
  3. Garrett Jones (RF)
  4. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  5. Ryan Doumit (C)
  6. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  7. Steve Pearce (1B)
  8. Luis Cruz (SS)
  9. Zach Duke (LHP)

Reds lineup:

  1. Drew Stubbs (CF)
  2. Adam Rosales (3B)
  3. Joey Votto (1B)
  4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
  5. Jonny Gomes (RF)
  6. Wladimir Balentien (LF)
  7. Ryan Hanigan (C)
  8. Paul Janish (SS)
  9. Justin Lehr (RHP)

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August 17: Brewers (58-59) @ Pirates (46-70)

Well, no rain in the forecast fortunately. Though, it’s not like it was raining in Chicago when and after Sunday’s game was called by officials. Trying to explain things is part of what I do for a living, but yesterday’s handling of the rain delay and eventual postponement is something I won’t even attempt to explain. I know there were threats of bigger storms (which never came), and I know the Cubs had to catch a flight to San Diego after the game, but you would think that all involved would still want to get the game in. Manager John Russell did:

“Did we need the day off? I don’t think so,” Russell said. “[Starter] Ross [Ohlendorf] has been throwing really well and I would have liked to have seen him pitch yesterday. He thrives in an arena like that. He loves pitching in front of a crowd and even on the road. I was anxious to see him pitch. I wasn’t really looking forward to a day off. But there’s nothing much we can do about it when we’re on the road and they call the game.”

Since he completely warmed up for the game, Ohlendorf treated the day like he would a normal in-between-start side session. He’s scheduled to pitch on Tuesday now.

Still no word on a makeup game yet. Again, you would have thought that at some point during the course of a three-hour, 15-minute delay, that would have been hashed out…

As for today’s news, notes and randomness…

  • Triple-A righty Daniel McCutchen was named the International League’s pitcher of the week for his performances last week. McCutchen went 2-0 and pitched 13 2/3 scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out 12. With McCutchen’s honor, the Indians claimed back-to-back weekly pitching honors. Starter Eric Hacker won the award the previous week.
  • Speaking of McCutchen, though nothing is definitive yet, don’t be surprised if he is among a small group of players called up from Triple-A once rosters expand in September.
  • GM Neal Huntington said he does not expect any of the call ups to come from the Double-A club. And he said there will not be as many as there were last year.
  • Director of Player Development Kyle Stark said that lefty Rudy Owens (11-1, 1.55 ERA in 21 starts at Single-A this season), will be very limited in his innings count from here on out and will also be periodically skipped in the rotation. Owens has pitched 110 innings already this year, after throwing only 58 in 2008.
  • Stark also said to expect fall and winter ball assignments to be finalized around the end of the month. We know already that Donnie Veal is set to go to the Arizona Fall League, and Gorkys Hernandez will be playing winter ball in Venezuela.
  • Lefty Phil Dumatrait made a rehab appearance out of the bullpen in Triple-A on Sunday, and he continued to struggle as he has through most of his Minor League rehab stint. Dumatrait allowed two earned runs on three hits in two innings. His 30-day assignment is scheduled to end on Wednesday, after which he will have to be taken off the DL.
  • Right-hander Jose Ascanio was having further tests done on his right shoulder this afternoon, but the results of those tests have not yet been made known. Ascanio was placed on the DL last week with what was diagnosed as right shoulder tendinitis. 
  • Pittsburgh has not hit a home run in 52 innings (five straight games). The team has homered in just 56 of 116 games this season.
  • At this time last season, the Pirates were 53-63. Their current record of 46-70 has the club on pace to go 64-98 if that pace doesn’t not change.
  • After losing 17 straight to Milwaukee, the Pirates have actually won two of the last three. However, the Pirates have gone just 14-31 against divisional opponents this year. 
  • The Pirates are set to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their last World Series Championship during the Pirates’ series with the Reds this weekend. All the ins and outs of the celebration and ticket specials can be found here. There’s all sorts of promotions and events so read through it carefully if you plan to come out or are thinking about it. The highlight will come on Saturday when the organization honors 22 players and staff members from the 1979 Championship team. KC and the Sunshine Band will then perform after the game.
  • Tim, who runs a Pirates blog, passed along a link to an interview he did with Lynchburg infielder Chase D’Arnaud, who the Pirates drafted in the fourth round last year. He emailed me this link and I figured I could pass it along to those of you who might be interested.
  • Look for more Minor League updates from me over the next week or so. I’ve done a number of interviews with/about different guys and will be slowly putting those out.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Delwyn Young (2B)
  3. Garrett Jones (RF)
  4. Ryan Doumit (C)
  5. Steve Pearce (1B)
  6. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  7. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  8. Ronny Cedeno (SS)
  9. Kevin Hart (RHP)

Brewers lineup:

  1. Felipe Lopez (2B)
  2. Craig Counsell (3B)
  3. Ryan Braun (LF)
  4. Prince Fielder (1B)
  5. Mike Cameron (CF)
  6. Frank Catalanotto (RF)
  7. Jason Kendall (C)
  8. Carlos Villanueva (RHP)
  9. Alcides Escobar (SS)

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May 25: Pirates (20-24) @ Cubs (21-21)

Not exactly the nicest of days here in the Windy City. For some reason, it seems like the weather just can’t turn the page to spring/summer temperatures. The forecast calls for rain tonight, but it looks like there might be a window around game time. Tomorrow’s thunderstorms are a lot more ominous. It’s supposed to rain on Wednesday, too, so we’ll see how all this goes. The Pirates do come back here two more times later in the year, so there will be plenty of time for a make-up, if necessary.


A few Minor League notes of interest… I spoke with both GM Neal Huntington and farm director Kyle Stark over the weekend for a story I’m working on later in the week on the pitching depth in the Minor League system. (You can look for that on Thursday). But while talking to both, I also got updates on some guys rehabbing from injuries.

Bryan Morris (right shoulder injury) has thrown two rehab starts in extended Spring Training and has two more rehab starts left. Morris has not had any setbacks since returning to the mound.

Jose Tabata (strained right hamstring) is heading to Bradenton on Tuesday and will begin moving toward game progression there immediately.

While we’re talking Minor Leagues, I wanted to make a plug (shameless, I know) for Scott McCauley’s Indianapolis Indians blog, which can be found here. McCauley is one of the Indians’ two broadcasters, and though I’ve had his blog listed on the links section here for a while, I thought I’d specifically recommend it. Anyone looking for the daily scoop on your Triple-A club, this is a good site to start. He’s got the team covered, and his insight is great for those of us who don’t have the luxury of seeing those guys play…


As for your Major League club, no one was complaining about these travel arrangement which had the Pirates go from the South Side to the North Side without having to board a flight or change hotels. That’s an unusual luxury, appreciated by yours truly as well.

After last season’s pace, it’s kind of odd that this is the first time the Cubs and Pirates have met this year. The two teams had faced each other 12 times at this point in the season last year. The Cubs are in the middle of a six game losing streak — good or bad sign? who knows — and have scored only five runs in those six games.

“They can score quickly,” manager John Russell said pregame, putting down the notion that the Pirates can take advantage of Chicago’s slump. “It only takes two or three swings. I don’t think anyone is saying we’ve got them at the right time. Hopefully we can get out of here with a few wins.”


Little else in the way of news… Everyone is available in the bullpen, thanks in large part to the starting pitching over the weekend. … Nate McLouth and Adam LaRoche are back in the lineup after a day off on Sunday. … No update yet on Craig Hansen (neck spasms), who was scheduled to have another doctor’s visit in Pittsburgh today. Huntington said he was unsure of whether the results of that visit will come today or tomorrow, but as soon as I’ve got any info., it will be passed along. …And the rain has stopped here. Good news.


Pirates lineup:

  1. Nyjer Morgan (LF)
  2. Freddy Sanchez (2B)
  3. Nate McLouth (CF)
  4. Adam LaRoche (1B)
  5. Brandon Moss (RF)
  6. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  7. Jason Jaramillo (C)
  8. Jack Wilson (SS)
  9. Paul Maholm (LHP)

Cubs lineup:

  1. Alfonso Soriano (LF)
  2. Ryan Theriot (SS)
  3. Milton Bradley (RF)
  4. Reed Johnson (CF)
  5. Geovany Soto (C)
  6. Micah Hoffpauir (1B)
  7. Ryan Freel (3B)
  8. Aaron Miles (SS)
  9. Ryan Dempster (RHP) 

April 26: Pirates (10-7) @ Padres (10-7)

Bixler, Brian 2.jpgWith only hours left here in San Diego, the sun finally emerges. Very kind of it to make a cameo appearance. Let’s hope that the Pirates can get through Sunday without any more injuries. It was a trying week in that regard for Pittsburgh, and it will be critical that the guys filling in can pick up the slack so the Pirates don’t suddenly find themselves far down in the standings when they eventually get healthy again.

Brian Bixler, recalled late on Saturday when Jack Wilson went on the DL, should be at the park around 11:30 a.m. PT or so and is in the starting lineup. Bixler hit .327 with five doubles and eight RBIs in 14 games for Triple-A Indianapolis.

Manager John Russell said he’ll use both Bixler and Ramon Vazquez at short during Wilson’s absence. It didn’t sound like one or the other would get the majority of the starts, as Russell wants to keep both bats fresh.

As expected, Nate McLouth (right oblique strain) is out again on Sunday despite reports that he is feeling better. He is not available to pinch hit, and Russell sounded pessimistic that McLouth would be returning on Monday or maybe even in the Milwaukee series at all.

Freddy Sanchez is out of Sunday’s lineup, but it’s nothing more than just giving the second baseman a day of rest. He’s started all 17 games so far. Robinzon Diaz is also spelling Jason Jaramillo a day off behind the plate after a quick night-day turnaround. This will be Diaz’s first start for the Pirates this season.

And lastly, an update on lefty Phil Dumatrait, who is rehabbing his left shoulder in extended Spring Training. Dumatrait had his first setback — shoulder soreness — since the team left Bradenton and missed his latest rehab start, which the Pirates hoped would be 85-90 pitches in length. Farm Director Kyle Stark said that Dumatrait will be reevaluated on Monday to determine when he can resume throwing. There is no indication that this is anything more than expected soreness that comes with building up a pitcher’s arm. Dumatrait last pitched on Monday. 

Here are your Sunday lineups…

Pirates lineup:

  1. Nyjer Morgan (CF)
  2. Ramon Vazquez (2B)
  3. Brandon Moss (LF)
  4. Adam LaRoche (1B)
  5. Eric Hinske (RF)
  6. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  7. Robinzon Diaz (C)
  8. Brian Bixler (SS)
  9. Ross Ohlendorf (RHP)

Padres lineup:

  1. Jody Gerut (CF)
  2. David Eckstein (2B)
  3. Brian Giles (RF)
  4. Adrian Gonzalez (1B)
  5. Chase Headley (LF)
  6. Kevin Kouzmanoff (3B)
  7. Henry Blanco (C)
  8. Chris Burke (SS)
  9. Jake Peavy (RHP)