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Shoulder injury benches Cedeno

HOUSTON — Shortstop Ronny Cedeno is not in the lineup tonight and might miss the entire weekend series against the Astros due to a left shoulder injury.

“It feels really tight,” Cedeno said. “I won’t be ready (to play) for a couple days.”

This afternoon, Cedeno was examined by a doctor, who diagnosed inflammation in a shoulder tendon.

Because the injury is not to Cedeno’s throwing shoulder, fielding is not a big issue. However, he cannot swing a bat.

Cedeno said he first felt it a couple of days ago, but it didn’t feel too bad until he woke up this morning. He could not recall any specific incident which might have caused the injury.

Argenis Diaz will start at shortstop while Cedeno is out. Manager John Russell said Neil Walker would be Diaz’s emergency backup.

»»» Not to jinx Jose Tabata or anything, but … media relations guru Dan Hart points out today that Tabata has played 54 games in his big league career and is yet to go 0-for in back-to-back games.

Tabata went 0 for 4 yesterday, snapping his seven-game hitting streak. That was a bummer of a birthday present for Tabata, who turned 22.

The last player in the majors to go 54-plus games at the start of his career without consecutive 0-fors is Ichiro, who lasted until his 87th and 88th games in 2001. (Thanks to Danny and, of course, the stat wonks at Elias, for this info.)

»»» The Pirates signed their 11th-round draft pick, outfielder Daniel Grovatt. He was assigned to short-season A State College.

»»» Right-hander Travis Chick, who appeared in one game for Triple-A Indianapolis, was traded to the Texas Rangers organization for either a player to be named later or cash. Chick pitched in one game for Indy and gave up three runs on four hits in one inning. Before signing with the Pirates on July 27, Chick played for the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League.

»»» Reliever Daniel Moskos was sent back down to Double-A Altoona. The left-hander went 0-5 with a 10.38 ERA in 19 outings at Indianapolis. Earlier this season at Altoona, Moskos had a great run — going 2-1 with 17 saves and a 1.45 ERA — and held opponents to a .191 batting average. But at Indy, opposing batters were smacking the ball at a .351 clip against him.

Farm director Kyle Stark said Moskos is healthy: “Danny has a high-maintenance delivery that has got off track a bit and is partly tied to his mental approach. He has tried to do too much and has gotten out of sync. We’re confident he can get back on track in an environment where he’s already been successful.”

»»» Altoona put righty Ramon Aguero on the disabled list due to back tightness. Aguero, who is on the 40-man roster, is 2-4 with a 9.77 ERA and a 2.30 WHIP in 14 relief outings for Altoona.

Lineups for tonight’s game:

Pirates (39-75) – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Jose Tabata lf, 3. Neil Walker 2b, 4. Garrett Jones 1b, 5. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 6. Lastings Milledge rf, 7. Chris Snyder c, 8. Argenis Diaz ss, 9. Ross Ohlendorf (1-9, 4.23) rhp

Astros (48-65) – 1. Michael Bourn cf, Angel Sanchez ss, 3. Hunter Pence rf, 4. Carlos Lee lf, 5. Geoff Blum 2b, 6. Chris Johnson 3b, 7. Brett Wallace 1b, 8. Humberto Quintero c, 9. Brett Myers (8-7, 3.21) rhp

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