Another new face


Another new face for the starting rotation.

Right-hander Jason Davis was called up today from Triple-A Indianapolis and will replace John Van Benschoten, who was optioned back to Indy. To clear space on the 40-man roster for Davis, righty Luis Munoz was designated for assignment.

In 21 games (20 starts) for Indy, Davis, 28, 6-9 with a 4.41 ERA.

Van Benschoten’s next turn in the rotation was supposed to be Friday in Chicago against the Cubs. However, the Pirates are off Thursday and might use the down time to re-work the rotation order.

Lineups for this afternoon’s series final against San Diego:

Padres: Hairston CF, E. Gonzalez 2B, A. Gonzalez, Kouzmanoff 3B, Headley LF, Bard C Greene SS, Ambers RF Peavy RHP

Pirates: Sanchez 2B, Mientkiewicz 3B, McLouth CF, Bay LF, Michales RF, Chavez C, Maholm LHP, Wilson SS.

Mientkiewicz has been getting a lot of playing time in the past few days. Are the Pirates showcasing him for a potential trade? This morning, Mientkiewicz and GM Neal Huntington had a one-on-one, closed-door chat in manager John Russell’s office.