Class A Lynchburg shortstop Chase d’Arnaud will have his hand in a cast for four weeks and miss the rest of the season due to sprained left thumb ligaments. He was injured Wednesday while trying to make a diving stop.
A fourth-round pick in 2008, d’Arnaud hit .279 with two homers and 15 RBI in 19 games for Lynchburg. He began the year at low-A West Virginia and batted .291 with three homers and 31 RBI.
• In 2006, when Freddy Sanchez was battling for the NL batting title, PNC Park reverberated with chants of, “Go, Freddy! Go!” If you listen closely, you might be able to hear it again, only this time it seems to be coming from the front office, not the stands.
The Pirates’ initial offer in their contract extension talks with Sanchez was low so low that there is no chance the second baseman will accept. Maybe it was just an icebreaker, a figure tossed out there just to get talks rolling. But that’s not likely, as management wants the negotiations wrapped up in a hurry so it can get back to mulling trade offers. That means, unless something changes dramatically in the next day or so, you can figure Sanchez is out the door.
• Lineups for tonight’s game:
GIANTS 1. Randy Winn cf, 2. John Bowker lf, 3. Pablo Sandoval 3b, 4. Nate Schierholtz rf, 5. Travis Ishikawa 1b, 6. Juan Uribe 2b, 7. Edgar Renteria ss, 8. Eli Whiteside c, 9. Barry Zito (5-9, 5.01) lhp
PIRATES 1.Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Freddy Sanchez 2b, 3. Garrett Jones lf, 4. Ryan Doumit c, 5. Adam LaRoche 1b, 6. Delwyn Young rf, 7. Andy LaRoche 3b, 8. Jack Wilson ss, 9. Charlie Morton (1-2, 4.29) rhp