Pirates Notebook: Not easy to pry away Hanrahan
The Brewers' Rickie Weeks runs into Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit at home plate in the first inning Wednesday at PNC Park. Weeks was safe, and Doumit soon would leave the game.
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Several teams have inquired about trading for Joel Hanrahan, one of the Pirates' best relievers, but there is no indication they plan to move him.
Consider this, for example: According to a scout with direct knowledge of teams' dealings, Texas recently inquired about Hanrahan, and the Pirates countered by asking for flamethrowing 22-year-old Neftali Feliz, who is currently in the Rangers' bullpen and averaging more than a strikeout per inning while limiting opponents to a .195 batting average. Texas would not make such a trade.
This very much goes along with what Neal Huntington, the Pirates' general manager, has been saying the past two weeks, that "we've got some players we're really not motivated to move."
Hanrahan clearly is in that category, as is fellow reliever Evan Meek.
Hanrahan, 28, has pitched even better than his 3.76 ERA over 42 appearances would suggest: He has 56 strikeouts against 14 walks, opponents are batting .195, and has been scored upon just three times in his past 20 games. His strikeout-per-nine-inning ratio is fourth-best in the National League.
The interest in other relievers such as Octavio Dotel, D.J. Carrasco and Javier Lopez does not come close to that for Hanrahan. Even with Dotel, who has 20 saves and has proved himself anew as a closer, there is widespread concern that left-handed batters have a .315 average, compared to .183 vs. right-handed batters.
The New York Mets and Colorado Rockies have interest in Dotel, according to reports Wednesday by Fox Sports and the Denver Post.
Catcher Ryan Doumit was back in the lineup Wednesday, then right back out.
Doumit was bowled over by a home plate collision with Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks in the first inning and was taken out two innings later with what the team described as lightheadedness and nausea.
This came after Doumit was given Tuesday off because of a foul tip to the mask on Monday, as well as his history of concussions. And that history surely played a role in his removal Wednesday.
Doumit was seen by a doctor after the collision, but further word will not be available until later today.
"We're hoping for the best," manager John Russell said. "It didn't look like Weeks banged him that hard, but Ryan's been through some things lately."
• Center fielder Andrew McCutchen, out a third game because of the sprained right shoulder, again caught fly balls and ran sprints, but he still was not permitted to throw or hit. Russell reiterated that there is no timetable for his return.
• McCutchen, after the team's latest offensive outburst: "Shoot, they don't need me."
• With Neil Walker's five hits and Pedro Alvarez's two home runs Tuesday, it marked the third game since 1957 that a team had two different rookies with at least five hits and another with multiple home runs, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
• Also from Elias: Milwaukee now has had three starters give up 10 or more runs in the Brewers' past four games, including Dave Bush and Randy Wolf against the Pirates. No team has had that dubious distinction since the St. Louis Browns in July 1937. Manny Parra gave up 10 Sunday in Atlanta.
• In the minors: Class AA Altoona reliever Diego Moreno was removed from the suspended list -- he was placed there last week because of "unprofessional behavior," as the team called it -- and assigned to Class A Bradenton. ... Class AAA Indianapolis reliever Anthony Claggett was placed on the minor-league disabled list because of right shoulder tendinitis. ... Reliever Michael Colla was promoted to Altoona from Bradenton.
First Published July 22, 2010 12:54 am