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Catcher's MLB debut pushed back

By Tricia Lafferty
Sunday, April 12, 2009

CINCINNATI — Catcher Ryan Doumit was supposed to have the afternoon off Saturday making way for backup Jason Jaramillo's major-league debut.

Lucky for Doumit — who had a career day — and not-so-lucky for Jaramillo, the rainout Friday night spoiled manager John Russell's plans to start Jaramillo.

"It's so early in the year," manager John Russell said. "Ryan didn't want a day off.

"There will be times (Jaramillo is) not expected to play whatsoever, and he'll get the opportunity. The biggest thing for J.J. is to stay ready and continue his work and he'll be fine."

Doumit got an unexpected day off Friday and will get to rest again Tuesday on the team's off day.

"I want to play," Doumit said. "If I have to wake up and come here I might as well play."

Karstens skipped

Jaramillo wasn't the only Pirate who was affected by the schedule change. Starting pitcher Jeff Karstens was in the bullpen yesterday afternoon and he will remain there until Monday. Because the rainout forced him to miss his scheduled start on Friday night, Russell decided to skip over Karstens and continue with the regular rotation. Now, Karstens will have to wait until Thursday to make his first start.

Until then, Karstens will wait for the call to the bullpen.

"We wanted to keep the rotation," Russell said. "We didn't want to change things too much for too many people as opposed to one or two guys.

"It doesn't make it any easier right out of the gate. You think you're gonna start and your not."

Andy LaRoche still hitless

Third baseman Andy LaRoche returned to the lineup after a poor start to the season put him on the bench the past two games. LaRoche continues to struggle at the plate — 0 for 12 — but he did make a nice play at third base, where he already committed three errors this season.

"He's a lot more relaxed," Russell said. "Once he gets his first hit, it'll take the monkey off his back."

On the farm

Single-A Lynchburg pitcher Bryan Morris was placed on the disabled list yesterday with shoulder inflammation. Morris is considered one of the Pirates' top 10 prospects. ... Triple-A Indianapolis pitcher Jim Barthmaier is sidelined with an elbow injury. The extent of the injury is not yet known. ... Pitcher Chris Cullen has been promoted from Low-A West Virginia Power to High Class-A Lynchburg, and pitcher Brad Hinkle has been promoted from extended spring training. ... Double-A Altoona Curve pitcher Derek Hankins was placed on the disabled list due to a stomach illness. ... Pitchers Josh Hill and Jean Machi were promoted from Single-A State College. .. Pitcher Juan Mateo was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis.



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