Pregame: Beimel bags MRI


BRADENTON, Fla. – Joe Beimel tried to have an MRI exam yesterday on his sore left forearm, but gave up after only a few minutes. The left-hander was unable to remain still enough in the MRI tube — lying with his arm stretched out at an uncomfortable angle — so the technicians were unable to process the data.

“I can play Pac-Man on my cell phone, but I’ve got to contort my body to get an MRI?” Beimel said, rolling his eyes.

Beimel, who is wearing a protective sleeve on his arm, does not expect to attempt at an MRI exam. “The (team) doctors said I don’t really need it,” he said. “My arm feels pretty good today/ I’ll probably throw tomorrow and see what happens.”

Beimel said so far he has not sought a second opinion from his own doctors and is relying on the Pirates’ medical staff for evaluations.

Beimel plans to make about 20 throws from 60 feet — not a side session, just toss-and-catch. He tried to throw a bullpen Tuesday, but was shut down after 10 pitches when pain flared up in his arm near the elbow.

»»» Charlie Morton is slated to pitch the first three innings Thursday against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Brad Lincoln (two innings), Tyler Yates (one), Jeff Locke (one or two) and Jose Valdez (one or two) also will throw.

»»» The team is holding its annual meeting with the MLBPA behind closed doors in the clubhouse. Later, players union chief Michael Weiner has agreed to speak with me for a few minutes. Look for an update on that later today and in tomorrow’s Trib.

»»» The Pirates will hold a blood drive from noon to six p.m. Monday in the PNC Park press conference room. All donors get two tickets to the April 10 game against the Colorado Rockies. There will be limited free parking for the blood drive in Red Lot 6, across from the ballpark.

Lineups for this afternoon’s game:

Twins — TBA LHP Brian Duensing.

Pirates — 1. Jose Tabata lf, 2. Corey Wimberly ss, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 5. Neil Waker 2b, 6. Lyle Overbay 1b, 7. Steve Pearce dh, 8. Ryan Doumit c, 9. Andrew Lambo rf. RHP Ross Ohlendorf