BALTIMORE -- Xavier Nady yesterday emerged from the trainer's room holding a cup of coffee in his right hand.
Was this an indication his left shoulder was really, really sore?
"No," Nady said with a grin. "I can use my left hand."
As evidence, he shifted the cup to his left hand.
All seemed well -- considering.
INDIANAPOLIS (34-37) lost at Columbus, 4-2. RHP Jimmy Barthmaier (1-1, 3.16) allowed four runs and four hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out six, walked one. RF Steve Pearce (.259) hit his eighth home run, a two-run shot, and went 1 for 4. CF Nyjer Morgan (.250) went 2 for 4 with a steal. 3B Neil Walker (.229) went 1 for 4 with a steal.
ALTOONA (29-37) lost at Connecticut, 8-0. RHP Derek Hankins (1-3, 4.02) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings. RHP Pat Bresnehan (3.54) allowed five runs in one inning of relief. CF Chris Duffy, beginning his minor league rehabilitation, led off and went 0 for 3.
LYNCHBURG (29-41) lost to Kinston, 5-0. LHP Brian Holliday (1-7, 6.63) allowed three runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. DH Jamie Romak (.289) went 1 for 4 with a double.
HICKORY (30-40) lost to Asheville, 8-6. RHP Dustin Molleken (4-4, 6.72) allowed six runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings. C Andrew Walker (.261) hit his sixth home run, a two-run shot, and went 2 for 4.
Nady, the Pirates' right fielder, sustained a contusion of his left shoulder when he crashed into the right-field wall trying to catch Ramon Hernandez's foul fly with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday night.
Nady immediately went into a crouch beside the wall.
"I didn't feel anything pop," he said. "It was just significant pain right away. I knew something wasn't right. I knew going toward it, with the situation in the game, I wanted to try to get a jump at it. I tried to jump and I hit the wall perfect."
Or not perfect.
"Yeah -- or not. Exactly," Nady said, laughing.
Nady could afford to laugh. He probably avoided a much more serious shoulder injury.
He and the Pirates will know more today after Nady has an 8 a.m. MRI in Pittsburgh.
"It's sore," Nady said. "Hopefully, it's just a bruise."
"It's definitely not as bad as we initially thought it might be," manager John Russell said. "Your first instinct is, 'Well, he's hurt pretty bad.' But we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves until after the MRI."
If the MRI turns out OK, Nady will fly on to Chicago to join his teammates, who have today off before beginning a three-game series against the White Sox tomorrow night.
When he plays again won't be immediately known. "We'll have to see when the pain goes away what he's able to do baseball activity-wise," Russell said.
The Pirates wound up losing Saturday, 8-7, after taking late leads of 5-4 and 7-6 -- the latter on Adam LaRoche's two-run home run off left-handed closer George Sherrill in the top of the ninth inning.
Baltimore tied the score on Oscar Salazar's leadoff home run off Matt Capps in the bottom of the ninth, then won on Hernandez's two-out single.
"One of those nights," Russell said. "I don't know if it was 'Baltimore magic' or what. It was tough to swallow."
However, an impartial fan probably would view the game as one of the best ever.
Russell supports replay
Russell is fine with baseball's desire to implement the use of replay to rule on disputed home runs.
"The home run call is a call the umpires always want to get right," Russell said. "And it's a call they will overturn. With the way the ballparks are configured nowadays, it's very difficult to see. I think it's a good thing if they want to use that to make sure they get it right."
Five more picks signed
The Pirates announced the signings of five more draft picks, including eighth-rounder Jeremy Farrell, a third baseman from the University of Virginia.
The other four are first baseman Calvin Anderson (No. 12) from Southern University A&M, shortstop Jarek Cunningham (No. 18) from Mount Spokane High School, catcher Christopher Simmons (No. 41) from the United States Military Academy and outfielder Cole White (No. 42), also from the United States Military Academy. The Pirates have signed 21 of their 50 picks.
It's a bit sketchy because the New York Yankees have two off-days before they begin their visit to PNC Park June 24, but here's a possible rotation for the Yankees against the Pirates in that three-game series -- left-hander Andy Pettitte and right-handers Joba Chamberlain and Mike Mussina.