Pirates Notebook: Wilson trade discussed with Boston

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The Pirates and Boston have had trade talks regarding shortstop Jack Wilson, but no move in that direction seems imminent or even likely based on how talks have gone to this point.

The Red Sox, without a shortstop while Jed Lowrie recovers from a wrist injury, have taken the step of asking some of their players -- including former Pirates outfielder Jason Bay -- for their views on Wilson in an attempt to gauge his value. But their talks to date have not come close to the baseball return the Pirates would seek in a trade for their most popular player.

This is doubly true, perhaps, in the aftermath of the highly unpopular Nate McLouth trade last week.

The Pirates also have talked to other teams about Wilson, though not intensely. Wilson has an $8.4 million club option for 2010 on his contract, but management has indicated it is highly unlikely to exercise it. That being the case, Wilson could become a free agent this offseason.

The team and player also have broached the idea of a multiyear extension at a lower rate, though that was early in the spring and has not been followed up.

Morton skipping turn

Charlie Morton will skip a start, pushed back to Saturday from his originally scheduled turn tomorrow, because of his strained left hamstring.

The rest of the rotation will move ahead a day, beginning with Paul Maholm pitching tomorrow in Minneapolis. All will be on their usual rest because of the off-day today.

"It really was a matter of being careful," general manager Neal Huntington said.

Morton declared the hamstring better after some running tests.

More sporting history

Including the Pirates' 1909 World Series, the Steelers' victory in Super Bowl XL and now the Penguins' victory, Pittsburgh teams have won more championships in the city of Detroit than in Pittsburgh.

The only ones won in Pittsburgh were the Pirates' titles in 1925 and 1960. The other 12 were elsewhere, including the Pirates winning twice in Baltimore.

Buried treasure

• Catcher Ryan Doumit resumed throwing and taking dry swings this weekend, but he has about three more weeks of rehabilitation ahead before beginning a minor league rehabilitation assignment. That probably will happen in early July.

• Although Brandon Moss was given the weekend off and the Pirates would like to see more of Delwyn Young, Huntington clarified, "That doesn't mean Delwyn is our starting right fielder. Brandon has to work through some things, and we're going to help him do that."

• Tom Gorzelanny returned to starting yesterday with Class AAA Indianapolis, pitching four innings and allowing a run on two hits and a walk against Norfolk while limited to 60 pitches. He will be stretched out gradually.


Dejan Kovacevic can be reached at dkovacevic@post-gazette.com . Catch more on the Pirates at the PG's PBC Blog .


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