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Notebook: 2 Pirates taking it easy because of injuries

| Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007

• Brad Lincoln (right elbow) and Michael Tejera (left shoulder) are nursing minor injuries and are not working out. "Lincoln will be no-throw for a little while until that calms down," Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield said. Lincoln, the team's first-round draft pick last year, developed the elbow irritation while throwing before the start of spring training. Lincoln was shut down during instructional league with nagging strained oblique, the same injury which ended his season Aug. 6 at Single-A Hickory.

• Three pitchers -- Tony Armas Jr., Romulo Sanchez and Serguey Linares -- were hung up with visa problems and unable to report on time. "We expect them soon," Littlefield said. "It's commonplace at the start of spring training." Linares is in the Dominican Republic. Armas and Sanchez remain in Venezuela.

• Since he is a Cuban defector, Linares' case is a bit different. "It's a little more extensive, the research that's done, than it is for a normal Dominican player," Littlefield said. "I don't anticipate (the holdup) being too long."

Digits

32 - Pitchers who participated yesterday in the first workouts of spring training.

7 - Catchers who worked out.

3 - Players injured at the end of last season -- outfielders Nate McLouth and Jody Gerut and first baseman Brad Eldred -- who are early arrivals in camp and permitted to work out with pitchers and catchers.

-- Rob Biertempfel

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