Pirates will not attend grievance hearing Wednesday


HOUSTON — The Pirates will not act as witnesses tomorrow when arbitrator Shyam Das begins hearing arguments in a grievance field by the players’ union against Major League Baseball.

Neither Pirates president Frank Coonelly nor general manager Neal Huntington will be in New York for the meeting with Das. However, both expect to be called as witnesses when the hearing continues later this month.

It may take several meetings, spread out over weeks or even months, before Das issues a decision.

“The information we’re getting is, if it goes to hearing tomorrow, it could take a while,” Huntington, who is in Houston with the team, said Tuesday afternoon. “There’s a lot of information to be reviews, a lot of people to talk with.”

Lineups for tonight’s game:

PIRATES — McLouth CF, Sanchez 2B, Doumit C, Adam LaRoche 1B, Michaels LF, Pearce RF, Andy LaRoche 3B, Bixler SS, Ohlendorf (0-0, 4.50) RHP

ASTROS — Bourn CF, Erstad LF, Tejada SS, Berkman 1B, Blum 3B, Pence RF, Newhan 2B, Quintero C, Wolf (9-11, 4.47) LHP