PHOENIX — Right-hander Kevin Hart is not expected to be fined or suspended by the Triple-A International League after being ejected Thursday for throwing behind a batter. The Pirates also plan no further disciplinary action against Hart.
Hart was ejected from Indianapolis’ game against Columbus after whizzing a pitch behind Carlos Santana, one of the Cleveland Indians’ top prospects. Earlier in the game, Indy shortstop Brian Friday was hit once in the back and again on the helmet by Columbus pitcher Carlos Carrasco.
Hart was immediately ejected after throwing one pitch in the bottom of the fourth. Two pitches later, Santana homered off Indy reliever Jeremy Powell.
— A Pirates spokesman this afternoon denied a report in a blog by Forbes.com writer Michael Ozania that owner Bob Nutting plans to sell the team this summer. Last fall, Nutting did not respond to a purchase offer by Penguins owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux.
Lineups for tonight’s game:
Pirates (2-1) — 1. Aki Iwamura 2b, 2. Andrew McCutchen cf, 3. Garrett Jones rf, 4. Ryan Doumit c, 5. Lastings Milledge lf, 6. Jeff Clement 1b, 7. Andy LaRoche 3b, 8. Charlie Morton rhp, 9. Ronny Cedeno ss
Diamondbacks (2-1) — 1. Conor Jackson lf, 2. Stephen Drew ss, 3. Justin Upton rf, 4. Adam LaRoche 1b, 5. Mark Reynolds 3b, 6. Miguel Montero c, 7. Chris Young cf, Kelly Johnson 2b, Rodrigo Lopez rhp
— Joel Hanrahan (elbow) threw one inning (two strikeouts, 11 pitches, nine strikes) Thursday for Class A Bradenton. Hanrahan will pitch again Saturday, and is expected to be activated from the disabled list Monday.
— The other day, the Pirates announced that 12 non-drafted free agents were signed and assigned to the summer league clubs in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Here’s some extra info on two of them, from Pirates international scouting guru Rene Gayo:
Right-hander Yhonatan Herrand (6-feet-6, 205 pounds): From the Dominican Republic … No. 3 starter type … 91-94 mph fastball … Has a good feel to pitch, above average aggressiveness on the mound and a projectable future .. His out pitch is the changeup.
Catcher Yeffrey Jaquez (Bats and throws right, 6-2, 190): From Dominican Republic … Solid defense and above-average bat ability … strong athletic frame with above-average intelligence and baseball instincts … uses the whole field at the plate, with above-average bat-to-ball ability.