TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Pirates notebook: Walker's return will depend on pain tolerance

Pirates/MLB Videos

PIRATES GAMEDAY

at CARDINALS8:15 p.m. Friday, Busch Stadium, St. Louis

TV/radio: Root Sports/KDKA-FM (93.7), WCNS-AM (1480), WJPA-AM (1450), Pirates Radio Network, XM 184

Probable starters: Pirates RHP James McDonald (10-5, 3.77 ERA) vs. Cardinals RHP Jake Westbrook (12-8, 3.62)

4:05 p.m. Saturday: Pirates LHP Erik Bedard (7-12, 4.56) vs. Cardinals RHP Lance Lynn (13-5, 3.65)

2:15 p.m. Sunday: Pirates RHP Jeff Karstens (4-3, 3.91) vs. Cardinals LHP Jaime Garcia (3-4, 4.48)

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, 2:04 p.m.
 

Pirates second baseman Neil Walker said hand specialist Dr. Tom Hughes of Allegheny General Hospital was pleased with how the swelling in his left pinky finger had decreased, and his return will depend on his pain tolerance.

The best news for the Pirates was that he will avoid a trip to the disabled list, as Walker suspected would be the case when he dislocated the finger Wednesday.

“There was nothing that said I'd be restricted,” Walker said. “The biggest hurdle is going to be swinging a bat — and more from swinging left-handed because it's the bottom hand. I've grabbed the bat a few times today but certainly haven't swung at 90-mile-per-hour pitches. So it's going to go on how it's feeling.”

• Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett had words for Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez on Thursday after Ramirez tossed his bat and was arguing a strikeout in the sixth inning. Ramirez homered in his previous at-bat and made a gesture like eyeglasses as he was running. “I thought he did something when he crossed second base,” Burnett said. “I mean, if you're going to hit a homer, act like you've hit one before.”

• Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez went 3 for 4 with a single, double and his first home run since July 22 on Thursday. “Pedro, I think, doesn't need to be relaxed and calm (at the plate),” said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who worked with Alvarez on Wednesday. “I think he needs to be firm, needs to be ready. His first move sets up his whole swing. When he strikes that first move, everything falls into place.”

• The Pirates placed reliever Chad Qualls on the three-day bereavement list because of an illness in the family and recalled reliever Jared Hughes from Triple-A Indianapolis. They also recalled infielder/outfielder Yamaico Navarro and optioned Jeff Locke to Indianapolis, where he will return to the starting rotation.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pirates

  1. Rossi: Buying trust is a must for Pirates
  2. Pirates’ attempts to bolster roster at deadline a fruitless endeavor
  3. Statistically speaking: Will Pirates be snake-bitten by sliders?
  4. Pirates notebook: Marte to begin rehab stint at Triple-A Saturday
  5. Friday’s scouting report: Pirates at Diamondbacks
  6. Statistically speaking: Will Pirates be snake-bitten by sliders?
  7. Pirates notebook: Trade rumors for Red Sox pitcher Lester still swirling
  8. Thursday’s scouting report: Pirates at Diamondbacks
  9. Liriano, Pirates beat Giants, inch closer to lead in NL Central
  10. Pirates inquire about Red Sox LHP Lester
  11. Pirates think Mercer’s defense deserves more credit
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.