Hey, so the rain did something the Mets couldn't; it stopped the Pirates tonight. The game was called about 5:30, and they'll go at it Thursday afternoon, if the heavens shut it down long enough. The scheduled starters for today, Mike Pelfrey (4-1, 3.88) and Ross Ohlendorf (5-5, 4.45), will hook up tomorrow instead.
-- Tyler Yates is expected to start throwing off a mound tomorrow; still no word on when his rehab will begin. Donnie Veal is penciled in to go to Indy next week; he's allowed 30 days of rehab before he has to rejoin the roster.
-- Jen Langosch of MLB.com has the lowdown on Nyjer Morgan and how he managed to turn in the skates for some spikes.
She's been a busy little beat writer; she also has an article on Brad Lincoln, the Bucs #1 pick in 2006 who has overcome TJ surgery to shine bright as a prospect again.
-- In his web chat, Frank Coonelly says he expects Andrew McCutchen to hit PNC this year; he sounds kinda blah on the odds of Neil Walker (who dislocated his pinky, but should only miss a week) or Brad Lincoln joining him in the bigs this year.
He also likes the progress that 2008 picks Pedro Alvarez, Robbie Grossman, Chase D'Arnaud, Jeremy Farrell, Matt Hague, and Calvin Anderson are making in the bushes.
-- BTW, even with the Pens flyin' high, the Pirates are holding their own on the FSN ratings, as posted by Biz of Baseball. Their rating is 3.4, which is nearly an 11% increase over last season and 15th in MLB. 39,000 TVs are tuned in to an average game, which is 25th.
-- Colin Dunlap of the Post-Gazette has a piece on Pitt All-America second-baseman Chris Sedon, who is expected to go anywhere from the tenth round of the draft on. He's got a bona-fide stick; Sedon broke some of Jim Negrych's Panther records.
-- BTW, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe notes that of Jay Bay's 16 home runs, 13 have come with a runner on the base, the best mark in the majors.
-- Old Pirate coach Jeff Cox, now with the White Sox, just put in his tenth year in MLB according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. He's pension-eligible now, no mean feat for a guy that spent 26 years in the minors. Cox called his old bosses to thank them, including Jim Tracy.