GM Neal Huntington called Dana Eveland “a potential upgrade for our current rotation” but also described the left-hander’s package of stuff as “fringe to average.” Eveland, for whom the Pirates today traded minor league reliever Ron Uviedo to Toronto, will report to Pittsburgh on Friday.
Huntington said Eveland will be in the rotation, but was vague on when that will happen. Eveland has not pitched in a game for nine days, though he has thrown on the side. Huntington indicated the Pirates would like to see Eveland make an outing or two out of the bullpen before giving him a start. “It would be an awful lot to ask him to go right into the rotation,” Huntington said.
Jeff Karstens will start tonight against the Cubs and Zach Duke will go Wednesday. Thursday is an off day.
Manager John Russell said Paul Maholm will start Friday against the Cubs, skipping Brian Burres’ turn. Ross Ohlendorf will pitch Saturday. After that … nothing has been clarified. Here’s an educated guess:
If Eveland is in the pen when he gets here, Sunday’s start figures to go to Karstens. Russell said Karstens “is scheduled to go again on the 12th” — that’s a week from Saturday in Detroit.
The Pirates will have to clear two players from their active roster — one Wednesday, when reliever Jack Taschner (hamstring) probably comes off the DL; another Friday, when Eveland officially reports. Steven Jackson is a good bet to return to Triple-A Indy. The other departure figures to be Burres.
Monday is another off day. Tuesday, Duke lines up to start against Stephen Strasburg in Washington. Maholm and Ohlendorf also start against the Nats.
– What about Charlie Morton? Put him on the back burner for a while. Both Russell and Huntington said there is no firm timetable for Morton’s return from his battles with shoulder and self-confidence fatigue.
– Although he’s already been with four clubs — Milwaukee, Arizona, Oakland and Toronto — Eveland came into this season with just two-plus years of service time. The Pirates control his rights for four years.
– Lefty Donnie Veal likely will need surgery to repair ligament damage in his throwing elbow. Veal, who was putting up great numbers at Indy, will see Dr. James Andrews this week for a second opinion.
– Chris Jakubauskas (concussion) today threw his second bullpen session and reported no problems. Jaku threw 38 pitches. “It went a little bit better than the first one,” he said. “I kicked up my effort level a tad, and it went well.” He’ll toss another side session Friday, either in Pittsburgh or in Bradenton, Fla.
Lineups for tonight’s game:
Cubs (24-48) – 1. Kosuke Fukudome rf, 2. Starlin Castro ss, 3. Xavier Nady 1b, 4. Tyler Colvin cf, 5. Alfonso Soriano lf, 6. ike Fontenot 2b, 7. Jeff Baker 3b, 8. Koyie Hill c, 9. Ted Lily (1-4, 3.63) lhp
Pirates (21-31) – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Neil Walker 2b, 3. Lastings Milledge lf, 4. Garrett Jones rf, 5. Bobby Crosby 1b, 6. Ryan Doumit c, 7. Andy LaRoche 3b, 7. 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 9. Jeff Karstens (1-1, 4.78) rhp