Pirates Notebook: Correia shrugs off return
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SAN DIEGO -- If Kevin Correia will take the mound with an extra iota of emotion today in the Pirates' series finale, he hardly is letting it show.
He is a native of San Diego, and he pitched for the Padres in 2009-10.
Asked about that Tuesday, he shrugged and replied, "It's going to be like any other game for me, really. I've thrown here a lot of times, with the Padres and with other teams. I'm not over-amped or over-excited for it. It's going to be just another start for me. At this point in my career, I've pitched here so many times. It'll be nice to have family and friends, but it's not a huge deal."
In 34 career starts at Petco Park, Correia is 9-13 with a 4.46 ERA and .245 opponents' batting average. That ERA is virtually the same as his 4.48 overall ERA, which might seem odd given that most pitchers have lower figures here.
"They say this is a good pitcher's park, but I think it's just a matter of the way you pitch," Correia said. "I'm not a guy who gives up a lot of deep fly balls. And my numbers might be similar because I pitched in San Francisco before that, and I think that's a pitcher's park, too."
Third baseman Pedro Alvarez left the game Tuesday in the sixth inning because of a tight right quadriceps.
There was no further word on the injury, but he probably will not play in the matinee series finale today.
• Left fielder Jose Tabata was held out of a third game because of the tight right hamstring. He called the hamstring "so-so" Tuesday, and expressed guarded optimism that he could return for the game against Houston Friday in Pittsburgh. Tabata still is not running, but he did progress to taking outdoor batting practice Tuesday.
• Rudy Owens, the Pirates' top starting pitching prospect at Class AAA Indianapolis, had a second consecutive rough outing Tuesday in an 8-5 loss to Norfolk: He allowed five runs and five hits -- two home runs -- in 2 2/3 innings before being ejected for throwing at a batter. In his previous start, he allowed six runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. He is 2-3 with a 5.81 ERA, and opponents are batting .290.
• Starter Ross Ohlendorf threw a live batting practice, his first, and said his shoulder was "feeling good." He will have one more of those Friday, then probably begin a rehabilitation stint.