Pregame: Beimel injury minor


BRADENTON, Fla. — Joe Beimel this morning said his injury is not serious — there is no structural damage in his arm or elbow. He first noticed the pain, which is said is centered in a muscle near the elbow, while playing catch Saturday.

“It’s not too big of a deal,” Beimel said. “When I was playing catch, I over-extended on one (throw) and it got a little sore. I was a little worried because it’s something I never felt before. They’ve done all the tests and there’s nothing (wrong) with the ligament. It’s one of those things where I can move it, like, 10 times and on the 11th it will hurt. Since (Sunday), it’s become less and less (painful), to the point now that I don’t really feel it.”

Beimel will wait until he’s pain-free for a day before he starts throwing again.

»»» Because there are two split-squad games today, the Pirates called up several top prospects to fill out the rosters. Among those brought up from minor league camp are Jim Negrych, Jordy Mercer, Mel Rojas Jr., Jeremy Farrell and Brock Holt. First baseman Calvin Anderson, whose dad Fred played for the Steelers, also is here.

»»» Most of the starters will get a break for Tuesday’s game against the Yankees. Here’s an early peek at that lineup: Alex Presley cf, John Bowker lf, Matt Diaz rf, Garrett Jones dh, Garrett Atkins 1b, Andy Marte 3b, Chris Snyder c, Josh Rodriguez 2b, Pedro Ciriaco ss. James McDonald wlll start (two innings), followed by Daniel McCutchen, Chris Resop, Daniel Moskos and Ramon Aguero.

Lineups for this afternoon’s games:

Orioles – 1. J.J. Hardy ss, 2. Felix Pie rf, 3. Mark Reynolds 3b, 4. Vladimir Guerrero dh, 5. Adam Jones cf, 6. Nolan Reimold lf, 7. Brandon Snyder 1b, 8. Craig Tatum, 9. Cesar Izturis 2b. RHP Brad Bergesen.

Pirates – 1. Jose Tabata lf, 2. Josh Rodriguez ss, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 5. Lyle Overbay 1b, 6. Garrett Jones 1b, 7. Ryan Doumit dh, 8. Chase d’Arnaud 2b, 9. Jason Jaramillo c. LHP Paul Maholm.

Pirates – 1. Gorkys Hernandez cf, 2. Ronny Cedeno ss, 3. Neil Walker 2b, 4. Matt Diaz rf, 5. Josh Fields 3b, 6. Garrett Atkins 1b, 7. Alex Presley lf, 8. Chris Snyder dh, 9. Dusty Brown c. RHP Bryan Morris

Rays – 1. TBA. RHP Jeff Niemann.