Pirates notebook: Nutting to help pick new commissioner

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MILWAUKEE — Pirates chairman Bob Nutting will serve on a committee tasked with selecting the next commissioner of Major League Baseball, the league announced Thursday.

The committee, consisting of seven team owners, will choose someone to replace commissioner Bud Selig, whose term expires Jan. 24.

“It is certainly a high bar to meet as commissioner Selig, in his more than 20 years in office, has led our game during a period of growth and innovation that has been unprecedented in our great history,” Nutting said in a statement.

St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. will chair the committee. Nutting and DeWitt will join Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort, Philadelphia Phillies president David Montgomery, Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno, Minnesota Twins CEO Jim Pohlad and Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.

“Our committee will conduct a thorough, discreet process and ultimately will provide guidance to the Executive Council on identifying a successor,” DeWitt said in a statement.

The committee will recommend names to MLB’s executive council, which will vote on the candidates. MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred is expected to be considered, along with a few current owners of MLB teams. DeWitt told reporters at the MLB quarterly owners meetings, where the committee was announced, that it will consider candidates inside and outside baseball.

Selig has led MLB since September 1992, when he took over in an interim fashion. He was elected commissioner in July 1998. In September, he announced his plan to retire.

Roster move

Outfielder Jaff Decker was optioned to Class AAA Indianapolis before Thursday’s game to clear space for Wandy Rodriguez, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list before starting against Milwaukee.

The move balanced the roster at 12 pitchers and 13 position players. For a stretch with several scheduled days off, the Pirates carried an extra bench player and only four starters instead of the usual five.

McCutchen injury update

Andrew McCutchen said the bottom of his left foot is sore after an awkward landing on first base while beating out a ground ball in the fourth inning. Mark Reynolds’ throw was off-line, McCutchen ducked to avoid the throw and the tag, and his stutter-step created a bad landing.

“Nothing’s too fun when you have to maneuver out of the way of the first-base line like that and have to step on the bag,” he said.

He remained in the game, waved manager Clint Hurdle back into the dugout and played center field in the bottom of the inning. He ran down a fly ball in the gap from Jonathan Lucroy and later stole a base.

“I can run on it fine,” he said. “It’s more just trying to stop or having to maneuver at the last second.”

McCutchen said the pain was not related to the left ankle issue he had earlier this season, including about a month ago and last weekend.

Hatchet buried

Martin Maldonado made his first appearance behind the plate in the series. Leadoff batter Travis Snider, whom Maldonado punched in the fight between the two clubs April 20 at PNC Park, greeted Maldonado with a handshake at the plate before the game started.

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

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