Here’s a funny coincidence: my car battery died this afternoon at about the same time as Ian Snell’s major league career expired. Joe Rutter, who has more than a little previous experience covering the Buccos, is all over the Snell story and has updates elsewhere on this Web site. Expect Virgil Vasquez to get the callup and move into the rotation.
Vasquez would start either Friday (if Charlie Morton’s gimpy hamstring is still too tender) or Sunday (in Snell’s regular spot).
• Nice to see Brandon Moss in the lineup today against a left-handed pitcher a big vote of confidence from manager John Russell. “It’s time to take the training wheels off and let him face a left-hander,” Russell said, grinning.
• There’s a very good chance catcher Ryan Doumit (wrist) could head down to Bradenton, Fla., late next week to intensify his rehab workouts.
• Lineups for tonight’s game:
INDIANS 1. Jamey Carroll 2b, 2. Mark DeRosa rf, 3. Victor Martinez 1b, 4. Shin-Soo Choo lf, 5. Jhonny Peralta 3b, 6. Ben Francisco cf, 7. Luis Valbuena ss, 8. Kelly Shoppach c, 9. Cliff Lee (4-6, 2.94) lhp
PIRATES 1.Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Nyjer Morgan lf, 3. Freddy Sanchez 2b, 4. Adam LaRoche 1b, 5. Andy LaRoche 3b, 6. Brandon Moss rf, 7. Jason Jaramillo c, 8. Jack Wilson ss, 9. Ross Ohlendorf (6-6, 4.94) rhp