Friday, May 28, 2010

Morton Salted Away and Other Stuff

-- So who didn't see this coming? Charlie Morton's fatigued shoulder, which wasn't bothering him last night, has landed him on the DL. He'll go to the Bucs' Florida camp to rehab. Steve Jackson was called up to take his spot. The 28-year-old Jackson was 2-3 with a 3.14 ERA for the big team in 2009, and is 1-0 with a 3.42 ERA at Indy in 2010.

That leaves Tuesday's pitcher "TBA." Brad Lincoln or Jeff Karstens?

-- Andy LaRoche is off again tonight. Maybe that back isn't as strong as hoped. And so's Ronny Cedeno - his back is tight, too. Time to hire a Swedish masseuse.

-- Aki Iwamura is back at leadoff tonight. Ronny Cedeno was the one hole hitter yesterday, the seventh different guy to do the honors this year - in 48 games!

-- Jack Tascher is on rehab assignment at Altoona; he's due off the DL on June 3rd.

-- For all their late inning heroics and Ryan Doumit clutchness, the Pirates are just 2-27 when trailing after six innings. Come from behind isn't their MO.

-- The blogosphere is reporting that Altoona reliever Diego Moreno has been placed on the DL with a rotator cuff strain. The flamethrower pitched just one inning for the Curve after being promoted from Bradenton, where he was 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 26-1/3 innings.

-- Oooops! We reported that the Pirates had signed Dominican 3B Elvis Sanchez, but it looks like they just made him an offer and don't have his name on the dotted line yet. Mea culpa (my bad!).

-- Another mock draft, another vote for high school SS Manny Machado, this time from Jim Callis of Baseball America.

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