Injury limits Bucs' Nady to bench duty
Xavier Nady will be limited to pinch-hitting duties until at least Friday, as he continues to recover from a strained left hamstring. Manager Jim Tracy said the strength in Nady's leg is improving, and the right fielder took batting practice before Tuesday's game.
With Nady out, Brad Eldred got the start in right field against the Astros. Tracy said he chose Eldred over Nate McLouth because right-handed hitters were batting .339 against Astros starter Woody Williams. McLouth replaced Eldred in the top of the seventh inning.
Infielder Jose Castillo took fly balls in right field before last night's game. Castillo has experience playing the outfield in the winter leagues, and Tracy said the move was made with an eye toward getting him more playing time.
Double-A Altoona made a series of roster moves. LHP Josh Shortslef was placed on the temporary inactive list. RHP Mike Nannini was activated from the disabled list, and RHP Jonathan Albaladejo was released.
The Pirates will hold their "Gloves for Kids" fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Dick's Sporting Goods store at the Mall of Robinson. The event will raise money for Pirates Charities, the Wilkinsburg Little League and Muscular Dystrophy Association.
6 - Consecutive wins by the Astros at PNC Park entering last night's game.
- By Jim Rodenbush