Donnie Veal is on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to yesterday) with a strained right groin. Veal was injured while pitching Friday night. The Pirates will make a corresponding roster move tomorrow perhaps an opportunity to get a look at recently acquired righty Eric Hacker.
• Those Nate McLouth bobblehead dolls from a couple of weeks back already are outdated. McLouth is sporting a new haircut, with short locks instead of his trademark combed-back look.
• To be a bit more timely with the lineups, I’ll post them via Twitter as well as on this blog every day. The tweets usually will be available before the blog updates. Search for “RobBiertempfel” to follow my tweets about all things Buccos (and other random stuff).
• Lineups for today’s game:
PIRATES 1.Nate McLouth cf, 2. Andy LaRoche 3b, 3. Freddy Sanchez 2b, 4. Craig Monroe lf, 5. Adam LaRoche 1b, 6. Robinzon Diaz c, 7. Brandon Moss rf, 8. Jack Wilson ss, 9. Paul Maholm (3-1, 4.11) lhp
ASTROS 1. Edwin Maysonet 2b, 2. Miguel Tejada ss, 3. Hunter Pence rf, 4. Carlos Lee lf, 5. Lance Berkman 1b, 6. Jason Michaels cf, 7. Jeff Keppinger 3b, 8. Humberto Quintero c, 9. Mike Hampton (2-4, 5.62) lhp