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Pirates not expecting Grabow back soon

| Monday, April 9, 2007

Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander John Grabow has yet to pitch in an extended spring training game because of left elbow soreness and remains about three weeks away from returning to the team.

Grabow remained in the Pirates' camp in Bradenton, Fla., once the season started after not pitching during the final three weeks of spring training. He is expected to pitch soon in a camp game before joining one of the Pirates' farm clubs on a rehabilitation assignment.

"He is where he was prior to us leaving — he's having no discomfort, no setback of any kind," manager Jim Tracy said today. "I'm sure we're getting closer and closer. He is progressing, and very nicely."

Grabow has pitched in 203 games with Pittsburgh the last three seasons, mostly in middle-to-late-inning roles against left-handed hitters. He was 4-2 with a 4.13 ERA in 72 games last season.

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