Bucs' Gorzelanny to throw bullpen sessions
Left-handed pitcher Tom Gorzelanny threw long toss Sunday and is scheduled to throw bullpen sessions today and Wednesday. Gorzelanny's last start was cut short by shoulder pain and his velocity is down. There are no medical tests planned, but manager Jim Tracy said that could change if Gorzelanny struggles in his bullpen workouts. Gorzelanny's next start is set for Saturday.
Right-handed reliever Jonah Bayliss was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. Bayliss fills the empty roster spot created when John Van Benschoten was sent down.
Bayliss began the season with the Pirates but struggled to throw strikes and was demoted June 24. At Indianapolis, Bayliss went 3-2 with a 6.46 ERA in 11 relief outings.
Damaso Marte has held left-handed batters hitless in 30 consecutive at-bats, the longest such streak by any pitcher in the majors this season.
Reliever Shawn Chacon said he hasn't heard anything from his agent regarding a possible contract extension with the Pirates. The right-hander is a candidate to be moved before tomorrow's non-waiver trading deadline.
A nasty thunderstorm bombarded Citizens Bank Park before the game. A light tower in left field was struck by lightning, and the power surge temporarily disabled the giant video screen.
.982 - Jack Wilson's fielding percentage, which ranks third among National League shortstops.
.315 - Opponents' batting average this season against Jonah Bayliss.