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Hurdle says Cedeno is still in mix at shortstop

| Friday, April 29, 2011

Manager Clint Hurdle stressed Thursday that Brandon Wood has not replaced Ronny Cedeno as the Pirates' starting shortstop.

"No," Hurdle said emphatically. "He's played (four) games. I'm just riding the hotter hand right now."

Claimed off waivers a week ago, Wood has started the past four games and has made three straight starts at shortstop. In his debut Monday, Wood smacked a two-run double. Overall, he is 2 for 11 with two walks with the Pirates.

Cedeno batted .263 (5 for 19) in his first seven games but is hitting .156 (10 for 64) in his past 16 games. Overall, he has six RBI, four walks and 12 strikeouts.

On Tuesday, Cedeno drew boos at PNC Park when he failed to run out a ground ball that he incorrectly believed was foul. The next day, Hurdle pulled Cedeno aside for a talk.

"Ronny's a good kid," Hurdle said. "He's just trying to figure some things out, and I'm trying to help him. He's going to continue to work, and I think he's going to continue to improve."

Hurdle said Cedeno will be back in the starting lineup at some point during the upcoming road trip to Colorado and San Diego. Yesterday, Cedeno replaced Wood as part of a double-switch in the seventh inning.

"My job is to get everything I can out of every player on that roster," Hurdle said. "By no means am I finished trying to get the best I can out of Ronny Cedeno. By no means finished. (Wood), from what I've heard, is dependable, so we (ran) him out there while we're at home. When we're on the road, Ronny is going to get some more games. That's where we are."

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