MILWAUKEE — The Pirates made just one roster move after tonight’s 10-4 loss against the Brewers. Right-handed reliever Romulo Sanchez was optioned back to Triple-A Indianapolis.
There was a long, closed-door meeting in manager John Russell’s office after tonight’s game. When the door opened, director of baseball operations Bryan Minniti — who acts as GM Neal Huntington’s eyes and ears on the road — emerged.
Saturday afternoon, the team will make three move moves. Two of them — activating Tom Gorzelanny, who will start the game against the Brewers, and closer Matt Capps — are easy calls. The third … not so much.
Someone must go. It could be Nyjer Morgan, especially considering Nate McLouth (stomach virus) told doctors tonight that he felt much better after sitting out three straight games. It could be Craig Hansen, who has a 5.19 ERA and has not been particularly effective (4 for 7) against the first batter he faces in an inning. It could be Jason Davis, who was rocked in his last start by the Cardinals and may again be bullpen-bound.
Whoever ends up leaving won’t be away too long. Their return trips will kicks in Sept. 1, when rosters expand.
The news about McLouth — “Nate might have turned the corner,” Russell said — is encouraging. There’s a good chance test results will be back Saturday and he could be cleared to play that night.
However, Ryan Doumit’s status is up in the air. Doumit left tonight’s game after six innings, complaining of flu-like symptoms. Doumit is a tank, so he must have been feeling super-queasy if he agreed to leave the game.
Did Doumit pick up whatever is bugging McLouth? “Hope not,” Russell said.