Pirates Notebook: Teams still calling on Wilson
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DENVER -- Other teams continue to call the Pirates about shortstop Jack Wilson, and the Pirates continue to listen. Perhaps more purposefully than they did earlier this month, when the Los Angeles Dodgers became the first to inquire.
INDIANAPOLIS (47-55) won at Columbus, 11-2. LHP Tom Gorzelanny (0-1, 4.50) allowed two runs and four hits in three innings. He struck out three, walked two and threw 33 of 61 pitches for strikes. CF Andrew McCutchen (.284) hit his ninth home run and went 2 for 5 with a double and a walk. 1B Steve Pearce (.263) went 2 for 5 with an RBI. 3B Neil Walker (.232) hit his 14th home run and went 1 for 5.
ALTOONA (42-56) won at home against Harrisburg, 4-3, in 10 innings. LHP Kyle Bloom (2-4, 4.09) allowed one run and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. RF Brad Corley (.282) went 2 for 5 and drove in the winning run.
LYNCHBURG (44-56) lost to Wilmington, 11-2. RHP Jared Hughes (3-8, 4.42) allowed three runs and three hits in six innings. C Kris Watts (.301) hit his fourth home run, a two-run shot, and went 2 for 4.
HICKORY (41-59) lost to Delmarva, 2-0. LHP Mike Felix (4-3, 4.13) pitched five scoreless innings and allowed one hit. He struck out two, walked one. RHP Ronald Uviedo (3.02) pitched two scoreless innings of relief.
STATE COLLEGE (8-22) lost to Jamestown, 13-5. RHP Emilis Guerrero (1-3, 7.44) allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings. 1B Calvin Anderson (.253) hit his fourth home run.
BRADENTON (12-11) was off.
There remains no firm indication that Wilson will be dealt, nor that management's stance on him has changed: They would prefer to keep him, largely because he would be impossible to replace internally. But there is a palpable openness to trading Wilson for an appropriate value in prospects, as there is with everyone on the roster. If that means creating a hole for the rest of 2008, the thinking goes, so be it.
The other teams pursuing Wilson, beyond the Dodgers, are not known. The Baltimore Orioles had been seeking a shortstop, but they picked up Juan Castro over the weekend. The Detroit Tigers, who aggressively pursued Wilson last year, also are looking for a shortstop, and one American League source yesterday said they "might" be interested again.
On other trade fronts:
• Outfielder Xavier Nady and reliever Damaso Marte continue to draw the most interest and, for that reason, they remain most likely to go. But neither will be given away. Two prospects will be sought for each. Nady's prime suitors remain the Tampa Bay Rays -- who might be the favorite because of their wealth of prospects -- and the New York Mets, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves. Marte's suitors are a dozen deep.
• Teams discouraged by Marte's price are asking again about John Grabow, now that he is back on the mound.
• Inquiries continue for outfielder Jason Bay and other players for which the Pirates would require a very high price, making such deals look highly unlikely.
In general, management has no plan to blow up the current roster. Rather, it is looking to add prospects where it sees the right value.
Capps resumes throwing
Closer Matt Capps, rehabilitating in Bradenton, Fla., yesterday had his first throwing session since being placed on the disabled list July 2. That consisted of 25 tosses from 90 feet, 50 throws from 60 feet, an indication of how cautiously the Pirates are proceeding on this front.
Capps experienced no discomfort in the session.
There remains no firm target for a return to pitching off a mound, but the general timetable of eight weeks to return to the Pirates has not been changed.
Van Benschoten back
John Van Benschoten will start tonight in Houston, as expected. He was recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis yesterday.
A corresponding move will be made this morning. Yoslan Herrera or Marino Salas is mostly likely to return.
• Tom Gorzelanny, in his second start for Indianapolis, allowed two runs on four hits over three-plus innings in Columbus, Ohio. He gave up a home run, struck out three, walked two and threw only 33 of 61 pitches for strikes.
• Altoona center fielder Chris Duffy will be examined at Allegheny General Hospital this morning because of a lingering inner-ear infection, as well as mild dehydration that caused him to be taken off the field on a stretcher Thursday.
• Second baseman Angel Gonzalez, one of the Pirates' few middle-infield prospects, was promoted to Altoona from Class A Lynchburg, where he batted .251.
First Published July 21, 2008 12:00 am