Pirates lose to Phillies; Lincoln hit by line drive
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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Pirates lost to the Philadelphia Phillies, 3-2, at Bright House Field in Clearwater this afternoon in Grapefruit League play, dropping their fourth consecutive game.
Tuffy Gosewisch pushed a single through the infield, scoring two runs with two outs in the ninth off Pirates reliever Chris Leroux to win it.
But the club also sustained an injury to Brad Lincoln, a pitcher possibly in the mix for the No. 5 spot, and made a roster move, picking up left-handed pitcher Garrett Olson from the Seattle Mariners off waivers.
Lincoln, today's starter was removed from the game in the third inning after being struck by a line drive off the bat of Jimmy Rollins. In the clubhouse following his outing, Lincoln had a visible bruise just below his elbow. An imprint in the shape of the stitches from the baseball were also noticeable on his arm.
"It got all meat," Lincoln said. "It is a little tight right now, so we will put some ice on it and re-evaluate it tomorrow and see how it feels. Of course it is tight from the initial shock of getting hit, but right now I feel OK to go about my business. But, like I said, we will see how it feels tomorrow."
To make room for Olson on the 40-man roster, the Pirates placed right-handed pitcher Kevin Hart on the 60-day disabled list, due to continuing rehabilitation from right shoulder surgery.
Olson, 27, pitched in five exhibition games this spring for Seattle with a 5.40 ERA. He appeared in 35 games for the Mariners last season, all in relief, striking out 31 batters and walking 15 as he worked 37 2/3 innings.
Olson has been prone to yielding home runs --- and hits -- in the past. In 2009 with the Mariners, he gave up 19 home runs and 79 hits in 80 1/3 innings; in 2008 with the Baltimore Orioles, he yielded 17 home runs and 168 hits in 132 2/3 innings. In 2008, however, he was used solely as a starter.
In the loss against the Phillies, the Pirates scored two runs in the third off starter Roy Oswalt, as Corey Wimberly chased in a run with a groundout and John Bowker doubled in a run with a gap shot to right centerfield.
The Phillies scored a run in the bottom of the third on an RBI double by Shane Victorino off pitcher Chris Resop, who went into the game following the Lincoln injury.
The Pirates face the Boston Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. tomorrow at McKechnie Field in Bradenton in a game televised live on FSN Pittsburgh.
First Published March 18, 2011 2:23 pm