Pirates Notebook: Dumatrait to have MRI today
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The Pirates yesterday placed Phil Dumatrait, their other injured starter, on the 15-day disabled list because of rotator cuff tendinitis in his left shoulder, and he will have a magnetic resonance imaging scan this morning at Allegheny General Hospital to check for structural damage.
INDIANAPOLIS (37-40) lost to Rochester, 7-6, in 11 innings. RHP Jason Davis (4-7, 4.57) allowed two runs, one earned, and four hits in five innings. RHP Evan Meek (18.00) allowed three runs, including two home runs, in one inning of relief for a blown save. CF Andrew McCutchen (.285) went 2 for 6 with a double and an RBI. 1B Steve Pearce (.269) went 2 for 4 with a double. 3B Neil Walker (.226) went 0 for 5 to end a season-high eight-game hitting streak.
ALTOONA (33-40) beat Bowie, 5-0. RHP Yoslan Herrera (4-7, 3.12) pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed two hits for his second-longest outing of the season and first victory since May 15. He struck out three, walked one and got 13 groundouts. RF Brad Corley (.299) went 3 for 4 with a triple, an RBI and a steal. 2B Shelby Ford (.330) went 2 for 3 with a triple, a walk and three steals. CF Chris Duffy (.190) went 0 for 4.
LYNCHBURG (31-45) beat Myrtle Beach, 11-2. LHP Tony Watson (5-8, 4.15) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. CF James Barkdale (.333) went 3 for 5 with a triple, four RBIs and a steal.
HICKORY (31-43) lost at Greenville, 10-5. RHP Rafael Delossantos (2-6, 5.13) allowed five runs and five hits in 3 1/3 innings. 3B Bobby Spain (.307) went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.
STATE COLLEGE (1-4) lost to Auburn, 16-7. RHP Ramon Aguero (0-1, 18.00) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in three innings. 1B Matt Hague (.294) went 2 for 4 with a double.
BRADENTON (1-2) beat the Orioles, 12-6. LHP Nelson Pereira (0-0, 6.00) allowed four runs and five hits in three innings. C Miguel Mendez (.636) went 4 for 6 with two RBIs.
The tentative plan is to keep Dumatrait from throwing for a few days, then have him work his way back toward a July 5 start in Milwaukee, the first day he can come off the disabled list.
"We wanted to be very conservative with this," general manager Neal Huntington said. "At this point, the read is just that he needs some rest."
"It will be good just to find out," Dumatrait said. "It's been bothering me for a while."
Reliever T.J. Beam was selected from Class AAA Indianapolis to take Dumatrait's place on the 25-man roster. To clear space on the 40-man roster for Beam, center fielder Chris Duffy, currently rehabilitating with Class AA Altoona, was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day. That will not affect Duffy's status, as he already had passed the 60-day mark.
Dumatrait quietly pitched through discomfort in that shoulder for several weeks, he acknowledged yesterday, mostly because he was affected more between starts -- limited in his long-tossing and side sessions -- than when he pitched.
"I felt fine when I would pitch, but I wasn't getting much preparation time," Dumatrait said.
Thursday in Chicago, Dumatrait allowed nine runs in five-plus innings to the White Sox. He said he felt fine that afternoon, but he informed the athletic trainers the next day of significant discomfort.
Dumatrait, a 27-year-old rookie, is 3-4 with a 4.66 ERA.
Nady likely out Tuesday
The Pirates do not expect right fielder Xavier Nady to play Tuesday against the Yankees -- though he has not ruled that out himself -- and he remains a candidate for the 15-day disabled list, as his bruised left shoulder continues to hurt when he swings.
Nady will have a light workout day and his first full batting practice tomorrow.
Catcher Ryan Doumit had his first symptom-free day with his concussion, encouraging management that he can pinch-hit Tuesday and, perhaps, return to full duty the next day.
He took his first full batting practice yesterday, then stepped into the on-deck circle -- but never batted -- in the seventh inning of the game.
Beam chosen over Chavez
Beam, 27, had been Indianapolis' best reliever, with a 2.02 ERA in 26 appearances, but it might have been Huntington's trip to watch that team play two weeks ago that prompted him to choose Beam over Jesse Chavez, who has comparable numbers.
"It was a good, hard choice," Huntington said. "But you look at Beam's numbers, and he gave up 29 hits and 14 walks in 40 innings. That's what you want to see."
Chavez has a 3.95 ERA, 39 strikeouts and 12 walks in 29 appearances.
For Beam, this will mark his second stint in the majors, the other being a 20-gamer with the Yankees in 2006. He has an above-average fastball and slider, as well as a combination "split-change," as he called it.
Of his promotion just before his former team comes to town, Beam said, "Coincidence, huh?"
Beam pitched 1 1/3 innings yesterday and was charged with the loss when Franquelis Osoria allowed his inherited runner to score. Beam walked two but did not allow a hit.
"I thought he threw really well," manager John Russell said. "He looks like someone who can help us."
• Indianapolis outfielder Kevin Thompson could have season-ending surgery later this week on his hand, which has had trouble all season with a wrist tendon and the hamate bone. Thompson is on the 40-man roster.
• The Pirates continue to have contract talks with their top two draft picks, third baseman Pedro Alvarez and starter Tanner Scheppers, but it is now looking possible that there will not be many other players signed beyond the 24 already in the fold.
• Luis Rivas spelled Freddy Sanchez at second base yesterday so Sanchez could have consecutive days off.
First Published June 23, 2008 12:00 am