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Notebook: Doumit day-to-day with hamstring injury

| Monday, May 8, 2006

A day after making his first start at first base, Ryan Doumit missed Sunday's game against the Nationals with an injury to the upper portion of his left hamstring. He is day-to-day. Doumit said the injury was in the same spot on the hamstring that caused him to go on the disabled list last month. He suffered the injury while running out a ground ball in the seventh inning Saturday night. Doumit rejoined the Pirates on Wednesday after undergoing a rehab stint at Class AAA Indianapolis.

  • SS Jack Wilson was available only for pinch-hitting duties yesterday. He left Saturday's game against the Nationals after the Pirates' half of the third inning with tightness in his right hamstring. Manager Jim Tracy said Wilson's injury is neither a pulled nor strained hamstring -- only a "tweak." However, Tracy said that Wilson was "not well suited to the rigors" of playing in the field yesterday. Wilson singled to left in the eighth inning of the Pirates' 5-4 loss.

  • Taking Wilson's spot in the batting order yesterday was OF Nate McLouth, who started in center and hit second behind Jose Bautista. McLouth went 0 for 2 but scored two runs.

  • Contrary to published reports, the Los Angeles Dodgers have not made an inquiry about the availability of 1B/OF Craig Wilson.

  • Despite living in Arizona during the offseason, OF Jason Bay has never met fellow Canadian Steve Nash -- the Phoenix Suns' point guard who won his second consecutive NBA MVP award yesterday. Still, Bay has a pretty good idea where Nash ranks in Canadian sports history.

    "He's one of the more prominent sports figures Canada's ever produced," Bay said of Nash. "In Canada, it's probably hard to understand the level of his accomplishments because hockey is so big up there. I mean, Larry Walker is from Canada and he won the National League MVP (1997) and I don't think too many people really took into account how impressive that was. But I think the people in Canada are starting to come around to just how special Nash is."


    3.26 The Pirates starters' ERA over the past 11 games

    .077 The Pirates' winning percentage in games started by an opposing left-handed pitcher

    1993 Last season during which a Pirates pitcher has posted consecutive shutout victories (Tim Wakefield)

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