Pirates' Gorzelanny set back by shoulder tenderness

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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Pirates pitcher Tom Gorzelanny will miss his scheduled start today because of what the team is describing as shoulder tenderness, but he is expected to return early next week.

"If this were April 2 or Aug. 1 or any date in the regular season, Tom would be making his start," general manager Neal Huntington said this morning. "But it's spring training, and there's no reason to rush anything. This is minor. It's not even going to affect his spring preparation."

Gorzelanny, the Pirates' winningest pitcher in 2007 with a 14-10 record and 3.88 ERA, initially complained to management of discomfort after a round of long-toss yesterday. Huntington, manager John Russell, pitching coach Jeff Andrews and athletic trainer Brad Henderson met last night and decided, even though they felt Gorzelanny was well enough to pitch today, he would be delayed.

"Basically, we just said, 'Why?' " Huntington said. "Why start him now rather than letting him have a chance to rest it a bit?"

It might have played into the decision, too, that it was an unusually cold 48 degrees this morning in the region.

Gorzelanny told management he has felt no discomfort throwing off a mound. He had made all of his bullpen and batting-practice sessions this spring, including the most recent one Monday at Pirate City.

The Pirates' tentative plan is to have Gorzelanny pitch one inning Sunday, but Huntington added that Monday or Tuesday also were possibilities.

Gorzelanny, 25, made 32 starts last season and pitched a career-high 201 2/3 innings. He pitched 161 1/3 as a rookie the previous year.

Phil Dumatrait will be bumped up to start today against the Philadelphia Phillies, and Gorzelanny's two innings will be taken by Bryan Bullington.


More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.



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