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Bucs' catcher Doumit works way back

Monday, June 15, 2009

Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit (broken wrist) has begun a two-week throwing/hitting program. He threw soft toss from 45 feet on Sunday and also took some dry swings.

"It's a progression," Doumit said. "I'm going to ease into it."

Doumit eventually will throw from 60 feet and 150 feet. After dry swings, he'll move up to hitting off a tee, hitting flip tosses and finally live batting practice. Once he reaches both goals, it will be time to set up a minor-league rehab assignment.

"The great thing is he's working to get back now instead of waiting to work to get back," manager John Russell said.

• Relievers Sean Burnett and Jesse Chavez are fuming over how they've been portrayed by ESPN and other media for supposedly setting up a candle and "shrine" to Nate McLouth.

"It's ridiculous. Blown way out of proportion," Burnett said. "I'm waiting for an apology."

Chavez said the candle was set up two weeks before McLouth was traded as a running joke about the players' daily card game of Pluck. As long as Chavez and Burnett kept winning, the candle stayed lit at their lockers.

"It had nothing to do with the trade," Chavez said. "It's a friendly thing we had going on, an inside joke."

Neither player was disciplined by the team and the candle and Pluck scoreboard remain at their lockers.

• Right-hander Charlie Morton's next start was pushed back to Saturday to give his sore hamstring more time to heal.

• Morton's status was one of the items on the agenda during a long meeting yesterday morning in Russell's office. Pitching coach Joe Kerrigan and general manager Neal Huntington were among those present.


.391 — Delwyn Young's batting average in his 11 starts in right field




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