ATLANTA — I spoke (wrote, actually) too soon about Freddy Sanchez.
Just an inning or two after I posted an entry here saying Sanchez was due for a day off before his shoulder fatigued, Sanchez left the game as a precaution to rest his shoulder.
(That doesn’t make me a psychic. It just means I have a little common sense.)
I still think Sanchez could use a day off during the Marlins series. However, it will be tougher to keep him out of the lineup as long as shortstop Jack Wilson’s status is unclear. Wilson strained his calf while running to first base after a single, and is out indefinitely.
Wilson’s injury was set up by a collision at second base with Matt Diaz. Diaz was trying to break up what he thought was a double play attempt, and went out of his way to hook slide and take out Wilson’s legs.
Wilson said later there are no hard feelings because Diaz was trying to make a hard, clean play. Watch the replay, then believe that if you want.
• The Pirates took two out of three games in their opening series against the Braves. It was nice to shut up those tomahawk-choppers. Still, the Pirates’ record at Turner Field is a measly 14-30.
• Zach Duke looked pretty good, holding the Braves to three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings. Still, the lefty gave up 10 hits and a walk against 28 batters. Things could have been worse, if not for two outstanding defensive plays by center fielder Nate McLouth (I’ll write more about that in Saturday’s Trib …)