Pirates Notebook: Sharpless goes on disabled list

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MINOR-LEAGUE REPORT
Friday's results

INDIANAPOLIS (63-55) lost at Durham, 5-4. LHP Shane Youman (1-0, 7.41) allowed two runs and nine hits in five-plus innings. RHP Jesse Chavez (6.43) allowed three runs on four hits and three walks in 1 1/3 innings of relief. C Carlos Maldonado (.307) went 4 for 4 with his fifth home run, a double and three RBIs.

ALTOONA (65-50) lost at New Britain, 9-2. RHP Jason Roach (6-4, 3.20) allowed nine runs in 4 2/3 innings. RHP Chris Hernandez (3.07) pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and struck out five.

LYNCHBURG (50-65) beat Kinston, 3-2, on an RBI bunt single in the bottom of the ninth by 3B Justin Harris (.226). RHP Luis Munoz (1-3, 4.50) allowed two runs in six-plus innings. C Neil Walker (.275) went 0 for 4.

HICKORY (58-58) lost at Lake County, 5-1. RHP Jared Hughes (3-3, 5.40) allowed four runs, three earned, in five innings. CF Andrew McCutchen (.293) went 1 for 4 and threw out a runner at second base.

WILLIAMSPORT (16-33) lost to State College, 6-5. RHP Henry Cabrera (5-1, 3.12) allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings. SS Angel Gonzalez (.256) went 3 for 4 with a double and a walk.


Josh Sharpless

is on the disabled list; Britt Reames joined the Pirates to shore up the bullpen, and Victor Santos probably will start the game Monday night in Shawn Chacon's stead.

That was the fallout yesterday after Sharpless sprained his right ankle while trying to field Brad Ausmus' infield hit in the Wednesday night game in Houston.

"I'm a non-athletic guy trying to make an athletic play," Sharpless said. "It doesn't work."

Chacon had his right knee drained and received a cortisone shot. He'll definitely miss his schedule start Monday night.

After that?

"We'll wait and see," manager Jim Tracy said.

Sharpless said in Houston he didn't think his injury was serious, but the Pirates wanted to risk nothing.

"Because he's a young arm that obviously is very intriguing to us, we thought it very prudent to err on the side of caution," Tracy said. "It's his drive leg, and you don't want him hurting something else [while compensating] for that."

Sharpless said he has had as many as six sprained ankles as well as two broken ones (one time per ankle).

"This is nothing I haven't felt before," he said.

Reames returns to majors

Reames, who turns 33 next Saturday, signed with the Pirates as a minor-league free agent in November.

He has previous major-league service with St. Louis, Montreal and Oakland. In 95 games, he is 7-13 with a 5.13 earned run average.

Primarily a starter for Class AAA Indianapolis this season, Reames was 4-2 (2.84 ERA) in 13 games, including 11 starts.

Did he wonder if he would ever get a shot at returning to the majors this year?

"That's something I [didn't] even think about," the right-hander said. "You can only control what you can control. You can't control things that you have no control of. I just go about my business -- pitch and try to be consistent."

Reames can be used in long and short relief, but he'll be used in long relief in the short run because the Pirates want him to cover any innings Santos would have pitched this weekend.

"He's a high-energy guy who's a fearless competitor," Tracy said. "He has a lot of guts. He's not afraid."

Reames originally was drafted by the Cardinals in 1995. He missed the 1997 and '98 seasons because of right elbow surgery.

He reached the majors in 2000 and compiled a 2.88 ERA in 40 2/3 innings. He appeared in two postseason games against Atlanta and yielded no hits and no runs in 3 1/3 innings.

"It was my rookie year. I was in a bit of a fog," Reames said. "I was surrounded by players I had looked up to growing up. It was just a fortunate thing for me to be a part of that -- to be a part of a team that was winning. It didn't spoil me, but it showed me the big leagues. It was a great experience for me."

Chacon wants to delay surgery

Chacon didn't make it through the second inning in Houston Wednesday night, then told the Pirates the outside of his right knee was sore.

He flew back to Pittsburgh Thursday to be examined. He said yesterday he "probably" has a tear in his meniscus.

If Chacon opted for arthroscopic surgery now, his season would be over. He'll try to pitch through the condition and address it surgically after the season.

"It's been sore all year," Chacon said, "but it's been pretty noticeable the past week."

Castillo not a starter

Second baseman Jose Castillo didn't start last night, apparently because he's 1 for 14 lifetime against St. Louis starter Jeff Suppan.

McCutchen on a hot streak

Andrew McCutchen, the Pirates' top draft pick last year, took a .447 surge into Class A Hickory's game at Lake County last night. McCutchen, an outfielder, was 17 for 38 in the past nine games, lifting his batting average from .279 to .294.

Overall McCutchen had 20 doubles, 14 home runs, 62 RBIs, 76 runs scored, 21 stolen bases (in 28 attempts), an on-base percentage of .360 and a slugging percentage of .454 in 110 games and 436 at-bats before last night.



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