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Notebook: Duffy sees playing time

| Friday, March 3, 2006

Outfielder Chris Duffy played in a game Thursday for the first time since mid-August, when he was placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Duffy, 25, is slotted to be the Pirates' starting center fielder, but yesterday against the Nationals in Viera, Fla., he served as designated-hitter because of a lingering injury to his throwing shoulder.

Manager Jim Tracy said Wednesday that Duffy sustained the injury while crashing into an outfield wall last season. "It's just kind of a precautionary thing," Duffy said of his being kept of in-game fielding action until March 6, when the Pirates play the Minnesota Twins at McKechnie Field. "I feel no pain, absolutely none."

  • The Pirates will open the home portion of their Grapefruit League scheduled today at McKechnie Field against the Washington Nationals. Left-handed pitcher Zach Duke will start for the Pirates. Also scheduled to pitch are left-handers Paul Maholm and Mike Johnston and right-handers Terry Adams and Marty McLeary.

  • Seven players will represent the Pirates at the World Baseball Classic, and all of those players have left camp to join with their respective WBC teams. They include: Outfielder Jason Bay (Canada), catcher Ronny Paulino (Dominican Republic), infielder Yurendell DeCater (Netherlands) and pitchers Oliver Perez (Mexico), Salomon Torres and Damaso Marte (Dominican Republic) and Giovanni Carrara (Venezuela). Also, athletic trainer Mike Sandoval will serve in a similar capacity with Mexico.

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