Manager John Russell watched the tail end of Aki Iwamura’s workout on the field at PNC Park, then chatted briefly with the second baseman. As Russell walked into the tunnel leading back to the clubhouse, he gave a quick nod — an affirmation that Iwamura is ready to return to the lineup.
Weather conditions will be a concern, as some rain is supposed to move in about 90 minutes before first pitch and things could be off-and-on drizzly all night. If Iwamura becomes too concerned about losing his footing, which would threaten his tender hamstring, he could make an early exit.
Lineups for tonight’s game:
Braves (22-20) – 1. Martin Prado 2b, 2. Jason Heyward rf, 3. Chipper Jones 3b, 4. Brian McCann c, 5. Eric Hinske lf, 6. Yunel Escobar ss, 7. Melky Cabrera lf, 8. Nate McLouth cf, 9. Derek Lowe (5-4, 5.47) rhp
Pirates (18-24) – 1. Aki Iwamura 4b, 2. Bobby Crosby 3b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones rf, 5. Ryan Church rf, 6. Lastings Milledge lf, 7. Ronny Cedeno ss, 8. Jason Jaramillo c, 9. Charlie Morton (1-7, 9.68) rhp