Friday, September 9, 2011


The Marlins come to town tonight. RHP Ricky Nolasco (9-10, 4.39) will tangle with Ross the Boss Ohlendorf (0-1, 6.35) at 7:05 PM. Root Sports will televise the game.

Lineup: Alex Presley LF, Neil Walker 2B, Andrew McCutchen CF, Derrek Lee 1B, Ryan Doumit C, Ryan Ludwick RF, Josh Harrison 3B, Pedro Ciriaco SS, Ross Ohlendorf P.

Ciriaco gets the start at short and Harrison at third.

  • When the Pirates trot out Jeff Locke to pitch tomorrow, he'll become the 51st player Pittsburgh has used this season, tying the record for most players set last year.
  • Jeff Karstens will rejoin the rotation Tuesday.
  • OK, Evan Meek has been back since Tuesday, Clint. Use him already!
  • Matt Hague, Gorkys Hernandez, Bryan Morris,Kyle McPherson and Justin Wilson are all in Pittsburgh. They're not being added to the roster, but here to be coached up a little and experience the Pirate routine. 
  • Bradenton lost the rubber match of their Class A playoff semifinal 4-3 in ten innings to St. Lucie last nite. Two walks and a two-out single did them in.


WilliamJPellas said...

Hmmm. I'm surprised the players' union would allow Hague, Hernandez, et al to "be coached up a little" even though they're not on the roster and, I assume, are not being paid for their time in Pittsburgh. Normally the MLBPA is all over stuff like this. Unless this is a loophole in the CBA, this is definitely surprising. Your thoughts, sir?

Ron Ieraci said...

Pittsburgh has done it before, Will, and I'd guess other teams do, too, just like clubs let guys on the DL sit on the bench during games. The "coaching up" part is BP, bullpen sessions and sitting in on team meetings. So it's more like an orientation.

After all, they are under contract all year, and it beats getting sent to Florida for Instructional League work.