Pirates Notebook: Torres has arthrogram, awaits results
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Pirates reliever Salomon Torres will find out today if his season is over.
- Indianapolis (68-68) split a doubleheader with Columbus, winning, 7-0, and losing, 3-0. In the first game, RHP John Van Benschoten (10-6, 2.53) pitched a seven-inning, complete-game shutout, allowing four hits. He struck out five, walked one and threw 62 of 95 pitches for strikes. In the nightcap, RHP Jesse Chavez (3-2, 3.99), making his first start, allowed one run and three hits in three innings. For the day, 1B Steve Pearce (.349) went 2 for 5 with two doubles, a walk and an RBI. LF Andrew McCutchen (.283) went 1 for 3. 3B Neil Walker (.162) went 1 for 6.
- Altoona (68-64) beat Reading, 3-0. RHP Luis Munoz (11-5, 3.82) pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits. RF Brad Corley (.250), promoted from Class A Lynchburg earlier in the day, went 1 for 4.
- Lynchburg (54-76) lost to Wilmington, 6-3. LHP Kyle Bloom (9-12, 5.51) allowed six runs in 3 1/3 innings. SS Angel Gonzalez (.255) went 2 for 5.
- Hickory (64-66) beat Asheville, 8-5. RHP Matt McSwain (3-2, 5.47) allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings. RF Jonel Pacheco (.309) hit his 25th home run and went 3 for 4 with a double and three RBIs.
- State College (31-33) won at Williamsport, 8-3. RHP Brandon Williams (1-1, 2.55) allowed three runs in five innings. 1B Justin Byler (.322) hit his seventh home run and went 3 for 5 with two doubles and four RBIs.
- Bradenton (26-30) beat the Reds, 5-1, to end its Gulf Coast League season fourth in the South Division. LHP Zach Duke (0-0, 1.35), making his second rehabilitation start, allowed one run and three hits in four innings. He struck out two. RHP Kyle McPherson (2.61) pitched three scoreless innings of relief. 3B Dan Bomback (.255) went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs.
His ailing right elbow was examined yesterday at Allegheny General Hospital with an arthrogram, a procedure in which dye is injected into the affected area to enhance the imaging. The procedure alone prevents a pitcher from having any activity for a week.
Results are due this afternoon, and Torres remained optimistic that the current strain of his medial collateral ligament is not as severe as the one that shut him down in June at Yankee Stadium.
"If New York was a 10, this is a 7," Torres said yesterday. "But we'll see. I know that we have to get this taken care of."
Morris trade completed
The Pirates completed the July 31 Matt Morris-Rajai Davis trade when San Francisco selected minor-league reliever Steve MacFarland as the player to be named.
The Giants had been given a list of players by the Pirates -- including two pitchers off the 40-man roster, according to a San Francisco source earlier this month -- and MacFarland, who was not on the 40-man, wound up as their choice.
MacFarland, a hard-throwing, 21-year-old right-hander, was the Pirates' ninth-round draft pick last year. He had a 4.80 ERA in 39 appearances for Class A Hickory. He struck out 69 and walked 48.
Was Wilson claimed?
The Detroit Free Press reported on its Web site yesterday that shortstop Jack Wilson had been claimed off waivers by an unspecified team Thursday, but that could not be independently confirmed.
Once a claim is made, the teams have two business days to work out a trade for that player. Those would have been Friday and yesterday in this scenario, and the Pirates were not known to be engaged in talks of any kind in that time. Moreover, Wilson's agent, Page Odle, said last night he never was called by the Pirates, who must seek written permission to execute any trade to the teams cited in Wilson's limited no-trade clause. The Detroit Tigers are one of those.
The deadline for players to be added to postseason rosters is Friday.
Zach Duke pitched his final rehabilitation game for Bradenton of the Gulf Coast League, allowing one run and three hits in four innings. His next stop could be Class AAA Indianapolis.
The Pirates promoted outfielder Brad Corley, their second-round pick in 2005, from Class A Lynchburg to Class AA Altoona. Corley, 23, batted .285 with 14 home runs and 89 RBIs, most in the Carolina League.
First Published August 27, 2007 11:23 pm