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Pirates outright RHP Jeff Sues; 40-man roster now at 38

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Pittsburgh cleared two roster spots on Monday, bringing the total of players on the club’s 40-man roster down to 38.

As reported earlier in the afternoon, Luis Cruz was placed on waivers and claimed by the Brewers. The Pirates also put right-hander Jeff Sues through waivers and were able to outright Sues to Triple-A Indianapolis after he went through unclaimed.

Sues, 26, made 40 of his 48 appearances last year in Indianapolis, where he went 2-6 with a 4.46 ERA.

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Source: Luis Cruz claimed by Brewers

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According to a baseball source, utility player Luis Cruz has been claimed off waivers by the Brewers. MLB.com reported on Saturday that Cruz had been placed on waivers, presumably in an effort by the Pirates to clear a space on the 40-man roster so that they could make a selection in the Rule 5 Draft.

Milwaukee was known to be looking for a back-up middle infielder and Cruz can fill that role. In 49 games with the Pirates the last two seasons, Cruz hit .219 in 137 at-bats.

Pittsburgh’s 40-man roster now stands at 39.

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Source: Luis Cruz on waivers

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Pittsburgh has put Luis Cruz on waivers, a baseball source confirmed on Saturday. This would mean that the Pirates are in the process of removing Cruz from the team’s 40-man roster.

The Pirates were expected to clear a roster spot in advance of Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft so that the club could make a selection with its second overall pick. Once Cruz comes off the 40-man roster that opening will be created.

If Cruz clears waivers, he can become a free agent since he has already been outrighted to the Minors once before. It is unknown whether there would be mutual interest in having Cruz re-sign with the organization with the chance to make the big-league club out of Spring Training.

Cruz hit .214 in 27 games with the Pirates last season. He made his Major League debut with Pittsburgh in 2008.

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Winter ball update

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You’ll find a story wrapping up the Arizona Fall League here, but in addition to that, I wanted to pass along numbers from other winter ball leagues. Here is a list of notable organizational players currently playing winter ball and how they are faring:

  • Brian Bixler (Mexico): 35 games, .300 BA, 22 R, 5 2B, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 42 SO
  • Ronny Cedeno (Venezuela): 18 games, .216 BA, 6 R, 1 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI
  • Luis Cruz (Mexico): 24 games, .302 BA, 9 R, 8 2B, 8 RBI
  • Argenis Diaz (Venezuela): 34 games, .206 BA, 13 R, 3 2B, 5 RBI
  • Gorkys Hernandez (Venezuela): 19 games, .233 BA, 7 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 17 SO
  • Erik Kratz (Dominican Republic): 7 games, .125 BA, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
  • Starling Marte (DR): 9 games, .333 BA, 2 R, 2 SB
  • Rogelios Noris (Mexico): 16 games, .366 BA, 4 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI
  • Neil Walker (Venezuela): 34 games, .267 BA, 23 R, 9 2B, 4 HR, 16 RBI
  • Ramon Aguero (DR): 10 games, 10 2/3 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 11 K
  • Derek Hankins (Venezuela): 5 games, 20 2/3 IP, 25 H, 21 ER, 10 BB, 12 K
  • Jean Machi (Venezuela): 21 games, 11 saves, 25 2/3 IP, 19 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 18 K
  • Ronald Uviedo (Venezuela): 9 games, 10 1/3 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 10 K 

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September 27: Dodgers (93-62) @ Pirates (57-96)

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Saturday’s comeback win by the Dodgers will prevent the Pirates from being able to finish the season above .500 at PNC Park this season since the team is now 38-41 with just two games remaining.

After winning a late Aug. series against the Phillies at home, the Pirates’ record in Pittsburgh was 35-29. At the time it looked pretty likely that for only the second time since the park opened the Pirates would finish the season with more wins and losses at home.

But we all know what happened next — a 4-24 freefall, which includes a 3-12 record at home. The best the Pirates can try to salvage now is to nab their first series win or split this month as the team has two games remaining with the Dodgers.

As for today’s news, notes and randomness…

  • There’s not all that much going on here under these overcast skies. Good news is that the rain has stopped long enough that the pitchers are out throwing long toss right now. No outdoor BP, though, as the tarp remains over the infield.
  • Shortstop Ronny Cedeno remains out of the lineup again on Sunday because of his hamstring injury. Second baseman Delwyn Young is also sitting. That means that the Pirates are sending out a middle infield duo of Luis Cruz and Brian Bixler, who in 89 combined at-bats this year have driven in four RBIs. I’ll go out on a limb to say that’s not one the most potent of middle infield combinations out there right now.
  • So here’s an interesting note… even though the Pirates are 1-4 against the Dodgers this season, the games have not been as completely one-sided as you might think. The Pirates have led for 20 innings in those five games and L.A. has led for 22. But obviously it’s leading late that makes all the difference, as we saw on Saturday.
  • Team USA won gold with a 10-5 win over Cuba this morning. Pirates pitching prospect Brad Lincoln (No. 4 overall Draft pick in 2006) earned the win with 4 1/3 innings of relief. He allowed three earned runs on six hits, walked one and struck out two.
  • Third baseman Pedro Alvarez (No. 2 overall Draft pick in 2008) went 0-for-4 in the game.
  • Mentioned this in the game story last night, but it’s worth a second mention — With another clutch hit on Saturday, Andrew McCutchen is now 6-for-10 with 20 RBIs in at-bats with the bases loaded this season. Six of those RBIs have come with two out. Clutch McCutch, indeed.
  • Only two playes — Albert Pujols (9-for-14) and Todd Helton (5-for-8) have fared better with the bases loaded than McCutchen. That’s pretty good company for a 22-year-old rookie.
  • Second on the team in RBIs with the bases loaded is Andy LaRoche, who has eight. The entire team has 85 this year.
  • Today is fan appreciation day at the ballpark, meaning that the players and coaching staffs will spend about 30 minutes later this morning greeting fans at the front gates.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  3. Garrett Jones (RF)
  4. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  5. Robinzon Diaz (C)
  6. Steve Pearce (1B)
  7. Luis Cruz (SS)
  8. Brian Bixler (2B)
  9. Daniel McCutchen (RHP)

Dodgers lineup:

  1. Rafael Furcal (SS)
  2. Juan Pierre (LF)
  3. Andre Ethier (RF)
  4. Matt Kemp (CF)
  5. James Loney (1B)
  6. Ronnie Belliard (3B)
  7. Russell Martin (C)
  8. Orlando Hudson (2B)
  9. Clayton Kershaw (LHP)

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September 21: Padres (68-82) @ Pirates (56-91)

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With two losses to the Padres already, the Pirates won’t be able to do better than a series split against San Diego on this homestand. That means that Pittsburgh will enter 2010 still never having won a series against the Padres at PNC Park. Actually, if the Pirates can win on Monday, it would be the first split they’ve even mustered against San Diego.

Not counting American League teams, the only other club that the Pirates have never beaten in a series at PNC Park is the Dodgers. Fittingly, they come to town for a four-game series later this week. The Dodgers and Pirates did split a four-game series back in 2006, though, so they do have that going for them.

As for today’s news, notes and randomness…

  • The Pirates’ injured and ill corps is slowly starting to heal. Garrett Jones, Delwyn Young and Andy LaRoche are all back in the lineup for Monday’s game.
  • Jones said he tested his right shoulder in the batting cages earlier and was good to go. He still feels some soreness when doing range of motion exercises with his shoulder, but nothing that he feels should prevent him from playing.
  • Young, who pinch hit in Sunday’s game, is now able to lean over without feeling the back stiffness that bothered him for the last week.
  • Quite frankly, LaRoche looks very sick still, but he insists that he wants to play. His father, Dave LaRoche, is in town and spent some time in the clubhouse this afternoon.
  • LaRoche isn’t the only one sick, though whatever is going around, he certainly got it the worst. Among others who aren’t feeling great are Jason Jaramillo and Steve Pearce. Fortunately, your beat writer right now feels OK and will continue to chug orange juice in hopes of fighting off catching whatever is spreading.
  • Manager John Russell said that instead of going to a five-man rotation, the plan is to keep his starters pitching every sixth day and use relievers to fill in for Ross Ohlendorf the rest of the way. That will be a total of two starts. An official “starter” has not been named yet for Friday’s game against the Dodgers.
  • Among those in the Pirates’ clubhouse who are confirmed to play winter ball this offseason are Luis Cruz (Mexico) and Ronny Cedeno (Venezuela). Ramon Vazquez said that he might also play a few games while spending the second half of his season in Puerto Rico.
  • With the G-20 Summit coming to Pittsburgh on Thursday-Friday, Japan’s prime minister Yukio Hatoyama will be throwing out the first pitch for Friday’s game. He is the first Prime Minister of Japan to be elected from the Democratic Party.
  • The Pirates are currently hanging on to an above-.500 record at home with eight games remaining. With a 37-36 record heading into Monday’s game, the Pirates would need to go at least 4-4 the rest of the homestand to finish above .500 at PNC Park.
  • Finally, wanted to direct your attention to this site. Tim Williams, who runs this blog, has followed the Lynchburg Hillcats all season and is now auctioning off a baseball with autographs from the entire team. 100 percent of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the American Cancer Society. It’s a great cause and who knows what former Major Leaguers you’re going to have on this autographed ball.

Pirates lineup:

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

Padres lineup:

  1. Everth Cabrera (SS)
  2. David Eckstein (2B)
  3. Adrian Gonzalez (1B)
  4. Chase Headley (3B)
  5. Will Venable (RF)
  6. Oscar Salazar (LF)
  7. Nick Hundley (C)
  8. Tony Gwynn Jr (CF)
  9. Wade LeBlanc (LHP)

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September 19: Padres (66-82) @ Pirates (56-89); Doumit starting in RF

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No need to get in a frenzy. It’s not going to become a regular thing, manager John Russell said. But he does have Ryan Doumit playing right field on Saturday. Doumit hasn’t played the outfield since Aug. 13, 2007.

Russell’s explanation for the defensive placement: “We need some offense today.”

Delwyn Young is out with lingering back tightness. Andy LaRoche is sick and at home (questionable whether he’ll even come to the park today). And Garrett Jones is nursing a banged up right shoulder, the result of landing on it while making a diving play in Friday’s game. All three are questionable even to be able to pinch hit on Saturday.

With those three out, Lastings Milledge in left and Steve Pearce at first, that left Russell with either Doumit, Brandon Moss or Luis Cruz to play right field. Russell said he didn’t like the matchup of Moss vs. Padres LHP Clayton Richard. And he chose Doumit over Cruz simply because he hopes it will boost a watered down lineup.

Russell said that unless these starters don’t start healing soon, he doesn’t expect Doumit to be out in right field again after Saturday. And he certainly won’t be there with any regularity.

As for today’s other news, notes and randomness…

  • Doumit has made 41 career appearances (36 starts) in right prior to Saturday. Of those starts, 33 came in 2007. This is his first outfield appearnce since Russell began managing the club.
  • Doumit’s thoughts on being used as a catcher and right fielder: “I’m excited. There are other catchers who do this. Russell Martin’s done it. Jason Kendall used to do it here. I’m all for it. I’m excited for the opportunity to expand my horizons. … It’s an opportunity to run the ball down but, mostly, it’s a chance to show off my arm. I hope people try to run on me. I enjoy that part of it. … As far as I’m concerned, I had my time off by missing 2 1/2 months.”
  • Doumit has hit .357 in September with three doubles, one homer, six RBIs. He has hit safely in 10 of 12 games he has played.
  • In September, the Pirates, before today, hadn’t played a Saturday day game since Sept. 3, 2005. This is also the 17th time that the Pirates and either Pittsburgh Panthers or Steelers have played on the same day. The Panthers face Navy later this evening.
  • With a win on Saturday, the Pirates would, at the least, seal a series split with the Padres. That might not seem notable until you consider that Pittsburgh has never split or won a series against San Diego at PNC Park. The Padres have taken each of the previous eight. Pittsburgh is 9-17 here against the Padres since 2001.
  • Saturday will be the first time Brian Bixler and Robinzon Diaz have each played since both were recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Sept. 8. This season, Bixler has struck out 23 times in 33 at-bats.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Ronny Cedeno (SS)
  3. Robinzon Diaz (C)
  4. Ryan Doumit (RF)
  5. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  6. Steve Pearce (1B)
  7. Neil Walker (3B)
  8. Brian Bixler (2B)
  9. Ross Ohlendorf (RHP)

Padres lineup:

  1. Everth Cabrera (SS)
  2. David Eckstein (2B)
  3. Adrian Gonzalez (1B)
  4. Chase Headley (3B)
  5. Will Venable (RF)
  6. Drew Macias (LF)
  7. Henry Blanco (C)
  8. Tony Gwynn Jr (CF)
  9. Clayton Richard (LHP)

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August 29: Pirates (53-73) @ Brewers (62-66); Doumit remains out of lineup

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Preferring to stay at Marriott properties for the sake of building up my points, I don’t often stay at the same hotel as the team when we’re all on the road. But I have to admit that the team’s local abode here in Milwaukee certainly has me intrigued.

For those of you who haven’t heard the stories before, the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee is believed, by many, to be haunted. With no personal experience to back up these claims, I obviously can’t come to my own conclusion. But Major League players have claimed for years that they are joined by ghosts, shadows and unusual noises during their stays here. The main spirit spotted is said to be Charles Pfister, who founded the hotel in 1893.

The stories — and I won’t vouch for their veracity — range from Los Angeles’ Adrian Beltre taking a bat with him to bed, to various Marlins players sharing rooms with the hope that combatting a spirit with two people would be better than doing so solo.

So I asked bullpen catcher Heberto Andrade, who, on a side note, is diligantly trying to teach me Spanish with little success so far, what he thought…

Andrade started off by making it clear that he didn’t really believe in ghosts, spirits and the like. But he said he’s starting to rethink that position. Early Friday morning while watching SportsCenter, Andrade claims he heard what sounded like heavy breathing right around his shoulder. He turned the TV volume up. Still heard it. Turned the volume up again. Later on, he said he saw a shadow pass by on the reflection of a hanging picture.

If nothing else, this all makes for some good stories and good laughs in the clubhouse. And that’s certainly needed consider the Pirates haven’t won here in years. 

As for today’s news, notes and randomness…

  • Ryan Doumit, who was benched for disciplinary reasons in the fifth inning of Friday’s game, is not in the lineup again on Saturday. However, manager John Russell said that his decision to start Jason Jaramillo was already predetermined. Asked if Doumit would be back in the lineup on Sunday, Russell answered: “We’ll see.”
  • There will be more details on pirates.com later, but here is a taste of what GM Neal Huntington had to say on the issue: “It’s something that JR and Ryan are handling and I’m supportive of what JR feels is appropriate going forward. There is really nothing more to talk about than that. This isn’t going to be the first time that one of our players experiences a disciplinary issue. It’s not going to be the last time. The response isn’t always going to be to get him out of here. It’s not in this situation. It’s a situation that happened. JR and Ryan are going to handle it and we expect to move beyond it, move forward, learn from it and expand beyond it and grow beyond it.”
  • There has still not been a starter named for the first game of Monday’s doubleheader against the Reds, though Phil Dumatrait is still a candidate for the start. He is, however, available to pitch out of the bullpen on Saturday, and if he does that could take him out of the possibility of starting Monday.
  • Paul Maholm will start the night cap on Monday. That much is known.
  • Right-hander Jose Ascanio (right shoulder tendinitis) threw light toss on Saturday for the first time since going down with the injury. Though the Pirates do expect to have him back before the season ends, it’s still very unlikely he’d be stretched out enough to pitch in a starting role.
  • Ronny Cedeno (right pinky fracture) continues to improve. Russell said they are shooting for Cedeno to return to the lineup on Sunday.
  • Though Luis Cruz had a nice lump on his head, he insisted that he is feeling no ill effects of being hit in the head during BP on Friday. Brian Bixler is starting in Cruz’s place on Saturday.
  • Lefty Donnie Veal continues to work through his Minor League rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona. So far, Veal has logged eight innings in four games. He has allowed one run on three hits, four walks and has struck out 10.
  • The Brewers’ 19-game home winning streak against the Pirates is the longest home winning streak by one team over another since the Orioles defeated Toronto 19 consecutive times from 1978-81.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Delwyn Young (2B)
  3. Garrett Jones (RF)
  4. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  5. Steve Pearce (1B)
  6. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  7. Jason Jaramillo (C)
  8. Brian Bixler (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. Alcides Escobar (SS)
  9. Yovani Gallardo (RHP)

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August 28: Pirates (58-72) @ Brewers (61-66)

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OK, we’re going to keep this short and sweet since I’ve been dealing with computer issues for the last four hours and am still working with IT to get everything fixed.

Today’s news, notes and randomness…

  • Manager John Russell said he has not yet determined who will start Monday’s extra doubleheader game in Cincinnati. Paul Maholm will obviously start one of the two (since it’s his normal day to pitch), though it hasn’t been decided if that will be the day game or the night cap. Phil Dumatrait is still a candidate to start the second game, though his availability will depend upon if he is needed in the bullpen this weekend. The Pirates would like to avoid having to call someone up from Triple-A to make the start knowing that rosters expand the next day
  • Ronny Cedeno remains out of the lineup with the pinky injury. Though the Pirates were most concerned about how it would affect his ability to grip a bat, it’s actually bothering him fielding and on short throws more than anything else. Obviously, he’s hitting just fine, evidenced by the two pinch hits in as many at-bats during the Phillies series.
  • No word yet from Russell about when Jose Ascanio (right shoulder injury) will resume tossing again.
  • Luis Cruz got hit in the head with a line drive off Garrett Jones’ bat during batting practice this afternoon and had to come off the field briefly. Fortunately, a few minutes later Cruz was up and bouncing around as normal, joking that he was just practicing his soccer skills. He remains in the lineup.
  • While I was off the last few days, Team USA announced its World Cup team. Both third baseman Pedro Alvarez and right-hander Daniel McCutchen were selected from the squad and will be participating. This eliminates any possibility that McCutchen will be a September call-up. He’ll have to wait until next spring to fight for a big-league rotation spot, and yes, he’ll certainly be in the mix. Double-A right-handed reliever Dustin Molleken has been selected to play for Team Canada. The Pirates also expect that Lynchburg righty Tom Boleska (Canada), Lynchburg right-hander RJ Rodriguez (USA) and GCL Pirates shortstop Gift Ngoepe (South Africa) to also be on their respective country’s final rosters. 
  • The Pirates have decided to stick with a five-man rotation in September, even as Kevin Hart and Ross Ohlendorf creep closer to what managment has deemed their maximum innings counts. GM Neal Huntington, who made the trip to Milwaukee with the team, said that once Hart and Ohlendorf hit their innings count, they will be shut down. That likely won’t be but one or two starts before the end of the season. 
  • Huntington listed Virgil Vasquez and Dumatrait as the most likely candidates to spot start when needed. Eric Hacker was an outside possibility, but not the most likely.
  • Huntington said that third baseman Neil Walker is still being considered for a call-up in September based on merit. The concern, though, is finding him enough at-bats to make it worthwhile. Regardless, spending September with the Major League team would at least allow Walker the chance to work with infield coach Perry Hill.
  • Oh yeah, and in case anyone forgot — which I doubt you have — the Pirates haven’t won here at Miller Park since  May 3, 2007. I started covering the team less than two weeks after that, so no, I have never seen the club win in Milwaukee. Altogether, the Pirates have lost 18 straight.
  • And I guess that wasn’t too short afterall. Oh well.. had to get all the news in.

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)

Brewers lineup:

  1. Felipe Lopez (2B)
  2. Jason Bourgeois (RF)
  3. Ryan Braun (LF)
  4. Prince Fielder (1B)
  5. Casey McGehee (3B)
  6. Mike Cameron (CF)
  7. Jason Kendall (C)
  8. Alcides Escobar (SS)
  9. Manny Parra (LHP)

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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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