Pirates notebook: McKenry on DL; Presley back

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The Pirates put catcher Michael McKenry on the 15-day disabled list Monday, allowing them to bring up outfielder Alex Presley and balance their roster.

McKenry sprained his left knee sliding into second base Saturday night against the Miami Marlins. The Pirates summoned Tony Sanchez to Miami in case McKenry needed to go on the DL, but they ended up placing Travis Snider on it instead Sunday.

Snider, who had appeared in every game since the All-Star break until Sunday, has an injury to his left big toe and was on crutches Monday.

The Snider move initially left the Pirates with three catchers. But Presley's arrival gave the Pirates another position player. He has a .360 on-base percentage at Class AAA Indianapolis this season with 16 stolen bases, but hit .189 in the past 10 games there.

Still a big secret

Manager Clint Hurdle refused to reveal who would start the second game of the doubleheader today against the St. Louis Cardinals, but confirmed the Pirates had made the decision.

Common sense indicates Brandon Cumpton or Stolmy Pimentel, both right-handers, will come up from Indianapolis to make the start. They both pitched Thursday in a doubleheader, allowing them their usual rest before starting today. Both are on the 40-man roster, too.

The Pirates can add a 26th player for the doubleheader, so they can recall the pitcher for the start without removing another player from the active roster.

Hurdle also refused to say whether or not the Pirates would make their spot starter their 26th man.

A.J. Burnett will start the first game. The Cardinals switched their rotation and will start Lance Lynn against Burnett.

Tyler Lyons will start the second game for St. Louis.

Sharp gap in statistics

The Cardinals entered the series against the Pirates hitting .338 with runners in scoring position, the best mark in the majors.

That has helped the Cardinals score 4.88 runs per game, most in the National League and the third-best mark in the majors.

The Pirates, however, hit only .221 with runners in scoring position and score 3.86 runs per game, 24th in the majors.

Working to the Pirates' advantage: Their pitchers have held opponents to a .221 average with men in scoring position, according to STATS Inc., and that is the best mark in the majors this season.

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Bill Brink: bbrink@post-gazette.com and Twitter @BrinkPG.


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