CHICAGO — Second baseman Neil Walker (concussion) was sent back to Pittsburgh, where he will be re-evaluated by team doctors. So far, Walker has not been placed on the disabled list. The Pirates are hopeful Walker can return to action later this week.
»»» There was a rumor buzzing around that infielder Jim Negrych was spotted at the team hotel, and had been called up to take Walker’s place. No dice. Negrych is in the lineup tonight for Triple-A Indy.
»»» Daniel McCutchen is still with the team and is listed as the starter Thursday against the Phillies.
»»» Since June 9, Lastings Milledge leads all National League players (minimum 35 at-bats) with a .436 batting average.
Lineups for tonight’s game:
Pirates (25-50) – 1. Jose Tabata lf, 2. Bobby Crosby 2b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones 1b, 5. Lastings Milledge rf, 6. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 7. Ryan Doumit c, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss. 9. Paul Maholm (4-6, 4.24) lhp
Cubs (33-42) – 1. Ryan Theriot 2b, 2. Tyler Colvin rf, 3. Marlon Byrd cf, 4. Derrek Lee 1b, 5. Aramis Ramirez 3b, 6. Alfonso Sorriano lf, 7. Geovany Soto c, 8. Starlin Castro ss, 9. Randy Wells (3-6, 5.21) rhp