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Bucs' Mientkiewicz sees action at third base

| Monday, March 3, 2008

Doug Mientkiewicz started and played five innings at third base on Sunday against Tampa Bay. He had one assist and one putout.

In his 10 seasons in the majors, Mientkiewicz has played just one game at third.

"We're going to keep moving him around," Pirates manager John Russell said. "He has the ability to do that."

Wright elbow

Right-hander Jaret Wright was hit near the right elbow by a comebacker off Jon Weber's bat in the eighth inning. Wright stayed in the game and finished the inning.

Elmer's out

Right-hander Elmer Dessens' chances of claiming a bullpen spot might be fading, as he remains out of action with a sore back. Pitching coach Jeff Andrews said there is no timetable for Dessens to get on the mound.

"B" ready

Yoslan Herrera will pitch the first three innings of a "B" game against the Phillies. Juan Perez, T.J. Beam and Adam Bernero also will throw.

It's going around

Lefty Damaso Marte had been scheduled to throw one inning of the "B" game today, but instead will throw a bullpen session.

"He just doesn't feel quite strong enough yet after battling that virus," Andrews said.

Marte reported to camp with flu-like symptoms, including a high fever.

Kim's progress

Byung-Hyun Kim's turn throwing batting practice at Pirate City was pushed back one day to Tuesday. After that workout, Andrews will decide whether Kim needs another BP session or if the right-hander is ready to pitch in a game.


Digits

65 - Players in camp Sunday, after catchers Steve Lerud and Milver Reyes were sent to minor-league camp. Additional Information:

Today's game

Pirates vs. Phillies

When, where: 1:05 p.m. · Clearwater, Fla.

Pitchers: Matt Morris will start for the Pirates. Right-hander Joe Savery will start for the Phillies. Casey Fossum, Luis Munoz, Romulo Sanchez, Masumi Kuwata, Evan Meek and Hector Carrasco also are scheduled to pitch for the Pirates.

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