Sunday, April 27, 2014

Lineup, Notes - Volquez, Sadler, Sanchez, Cutch, Injuries

Edinson Volquez (1-1, 1.93) faces off against Adam Wainwright (4-1, 1.46) this afternoon. Volquez has been tough - he hasn't given up more than two runs in a start yet this year - but he's also been matched up against a murderer's row of aces which continues today. Wainwright has a streak of 17 scoreless innings and has gone seven innings+ in each of his first seven starts.

The lineup: Starling Marte LF, Jose Tabata RF, Cutch CF, Pedro 3B,  Neil Walker 2B, Ike Davis 1B, Jordy Mercer SS, Tony Sanchez C and Volquez P. We expect to see a lot of Tony Sanchez; he was called up to be the #1, not back up Chris Stewart.

The game starts at 2:15 and will be aired by Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.
  • RHP Casey Sadler was called up to the big team and Jared Hughes sent back to Indy; the Pirates need a guy that can eat some innings after the pen covered seven innings yesterday. Sadler, 23, is on the 40-man roster, had a 3-0/1.67 line as a starter at Indy and features - what else - a sinker.
  • Tony Sanchez has a seven-game hitting streak.
  • Cutch has gone 10-for-20 in his past six games. 
  • Injury report: Russ Martin's MRI showed a hamstring issue, one that he said he's had since camp. Wandy threw a bullpen session with no problems.
  • The Pirates end a 26-game stretch of playing NL Central opponents this afternoon; they'll visit Baltimore Tuesday after an off day.
  • Pirate C prospect Reese McGuire has been placed on the DL by West Virginia; no details on the injury. Minor league DL trips are for seven days, so it's hard to speculate on the severity of the injury. EDIT - he has a groin contusion (bruise) per Pirates Prospects.

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