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Pirates' Doumit gets a much-needed rest

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit will not play today, his first day off since coming off the disabled list July 10.

"It's a good time (for it)," manager John Russell said. "Ryan's been going awfully hard."

Doumit hit .250 with three homers and 11 RBI in 14 games since being activated from the DL.

• Jack Wilson got a regular day off Tuesday night, giving Luis Cruz a rare start at shortstop.

"I don't get too many days off that aren't injury related," Wilson said. "When I do, I like to sit back and absorb the game. When you're injured, you're in (the clubhouse) doing treatment and out there for the game, going back and forth. It's nice to be able to sit back and watch. It's the best seat in the house, minus the hot dogs and nachos."

• The Pirates signed their fifth-round draft pick, left-hander Nathan Baker. He went 4-3 with one save and a 3.63 ERA this year as a junior at the University of Mississippi.

• With less than three weeks to go until the Aug. 17 signing deadline, the Pirates are ramping up their efforts to get a few more of their draftees under contract. There's a perception among many players and agents that it pays to wait until the last minute to sign a contract, holding out for the most cash. However, that also can hurt a player because it cuts into the time he could be spending in the minors. Having a more well-defined bonus slotting system, similar to the NBA model, instead of MLB's "suggested" slot amounts, might make the process easier and quicker.

Pirates president Frank Coonelly said that topic surely will come up when the next Collective Bargaining Agreement is negotiated.

"There's no question the draft will be a priority," Coonelly said.

• Monday, Double-A Altoona second baseman Jim Negrych was injured in a collision with shortstop Brian Friday. According to the Curve, Negrych had an abdomen hematoma, which required surgery Tuesday morning. The operation was successful, but the Pirates do not have a timetable for when Negrych will be able to play again. Negrych, a Pitt product, was the Pirates' sixth-round draft pick in 2006. He was the franchise's minor league player of the year in 2008. This season, Negrych hit .272 with three home runs and 30 RBI.


18 — Draft picks, out of 51, signed so far this year by the Pirates




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