Who closes in post-Dotel era?


If Octavio Dotel is traded by Saturday’s non-waiver deadline, who would close for the Pirates?

“That’s a great question,” GM Neal Huntington said. “If we move Dotel, we’ve got a great decision to make. It would be answered over the course of time.”

At the outset, at least, Evan Meek and Joel Hanrahan probably would share the job. “Both guys certainly have the stuff,” Huntington said.

The Pirates had a scout in Philadelphia for last night’s Rockies-Phillies game. The Rockies are known to be hunting bullpen help. Kevin Gregg has been mentioned as a possibility.

»»» After a six-game absence due to a sprained right shoulder, center fielder Andrew McCutchen is back in the starting lineup. He’s gone 4 for 12 with three runs scored and three RBI since the All-Star Break. McCutchen leads the team with 55 runs.



Farm director Kyle Stark said right-hander Dana Eveland will miss at least two starts for Triple-A Indianapolis due to tenderness in his throwing elbow. However, Stark said the injury is not believed to be serious. Last night, righty Jeremy Powell started in Eveland’s place against Charlotte.

Lineups for this afternoon’s game:

Padres (57-39) – 1. Jerry Hairston Jr. 2b, 2. Chris Denofria cf, 3. Adrian Gonzalez 1b, 4. Chase Headley 3b, 5. Yovit Torrealba c, 6. Will Venable rf, 7. Scott Hairston lf, 8. Everth Cabrera ss, 9. Wade LeBlanc (4-8, 3.28) lhp

Pirates (32-61) – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Jose Tabata lf, 3. Neil Walker 2b, 4. Garrett Jones 1b, 5. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 6. Lastings Milledge rf, Ronny Cedeno ss, 8. Erk Kratz c, 9. Brad Lincoln (1-3, 6.29) rhp