Pirates Notebook: Doumit helping team while on DL

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MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Doumit has a sizable cast on his surgically repaired right wrist.

He has an electronic bone-growth stimulator he wears three hours a day atop his pinned scaphoid bone.

And he not only has a rationale for being here, but he also has a role in rejoining the Pirates on the road now and the foreseeable future while he is on the disabled list.

"Absolutely," Doumit said from the visitors' clubhouse shortly before the Pirates and Brewers played last night at Miller Park. "I don't want to get too far away from the team. You feel like you can fall out of the loop.

"Because I'm not playing doesn't mean I can't learn things from Joe [Kerrigan, the Pirates' pitching coach] sitting next to him. Being around the guys is going to help me mentally, as opposed to if I went to Florida" and Pirate City.

The reason Doumit gets to recover and rehabilitate with the Pirates is simple.

"He asked," manager John Russell said. "Neal [Huntington, the general manager] and I didn't even hesitate. He's a big part of our team, the catchers, Joe, our pitching staff. He's made progress, and he can still learn a lot [being around those people]. His presence can help J.J. and Robinzon, and help with the pitching staff."

In Doumit's absence, the team entered last night with a 5-1 record, four quality starts by pitchers and his replacement catchers -- Jason Jaramillo and Robinzon Diaz -- hitting .363 (8 for 22) with five doubles and three RBIs. Jaramillo, who made the team as the backup in spring training more for his defensive assets, started five of those games and batted .368 (7 for 19) with four doubles.

"If I was in his position, I think I'd want to be around the guys, the clubhouse, baseball," Jaramillo said. "If you have an injury and you go home, all you think about is your injury. It's good for his morale -- and it's definitely going to benefit me and Diaz."

Buried treasure

• Shortstop Jack Wilson, along with Craig Hansen and Doumit placed on the disabled list in the past week, was scheduled to be examined by hand specialist Dr. Mark Baratz this morning -- for a third time since spraining the middle finger on his left hand 10 days ago. "See what he says," Wilson offered of Baratz. Meanwhile, Wilson will do no fielding or batting for three or four more days.

• Jeff Karstens gave up three home runs in the first three innings; the Pirates allowed as many in the previous four games total -- a span of 38 innings.

• Andy LaRoche extended his hitting streak to 11 games.



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