Pirates Notebook: Sore right quad keeps Alvarez out of lineup

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The right quadriceps of Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is acting up again, and it kept him out of the lineup Friday night.

Alvarez, who missed five games earlier this month with the quad injury, was replaced by Brandon Wood in the lineup against the Detroit Tigers. Wood played third and batted seventh.

Alvarez got to the ballpark early Friday afternoon to go through running drills with a trainer after he felt discomfort in the area a few times on the most recent road trip.

"We're just taking some precautionary measures," Alvarez said. "Hopefully, by the end of the day, it will be better. But I didn't want to aggravate it. I didn't want to make it worse."

He was uncertain if he would be in lineup tonight or if the injury has the potential to linger.

The aggravation of the injury comes at a time when Alvarez's bat had started to heat up. He had reached base safely in 10 consecutive starts and 13 of his past 14 games.

"It's never good timing to have to sit because of an injury like this," Alvarez said.

Not as it seems

An Internet report Friday described Oklahoma high school pitcher Dylan Bundy as having told the Pirates and Kansas City Royals he doesn't want to be drafted by those teams because they don't allow pitchers to do his brand of long-tossing.

Bundy never told the Pirates any such thing.

Also, the Pirates have no strict limitation on their long-tossing. If a player demonstrates he can handle any type of long-tossing, he is permitted to do it.

Home on the road

Don Kelly, a former Mt. Lebanon High School, Point Park University and Pirates player, started at third base Friday night for the Tigers.

Kelly, however, makes his offseason home in Mars with his wife, Carrie, the sister of Pirates second baseman Neil Walker.

Kelly will not stay at the team hotel this weekend, but instead will be at home with his wife, who is expecting a child, and their 2-year-old son, Brett.

"Unbelievable to drive to the ballpark," Kelly said. "To stay in my own bed, be at home, all those sort of things are great. My family is really, really important to me, and this series is something I've looked forward to."

Buried treasure

• Class AA Altoona catcher Tony Sanchez was suspended for three games earlier this week, a source close to the situation said. Sanchez's suspension was a direct result of Twitter messages he sent that drew objections from the organization.

• The game tonight will not be on TV due to Major League Baseball's prime-time exclusivity for "Fox Saturday Baseball." The Chicago Cubs-Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees-New York Mets games are available on that network.

Colin Dunlap: cdunlap@post-gazette.com . First Published May 21, 2011 4:00 AM


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