Pregame: Doumit, J-Mac on rebound


BRADENTON, Fla. — James McDonald and Ryan Doumit will soon be back in action.

This morning, Ryan Doumit (strained oblique) took part in catchers’ fielding drills and batting practice. He also threw and ran the bases without problem. “I feel just fine,” he said. Doumit will get a half-dozen at-bats Thursday in a intrasquad game at Pirate City.

McDonald (sore left side) is “way better today” and will throw on flat ground Thursday. If all goes well, McDonald will throw a bullpen this weekend and rejoin the rotation next week.

»»» Chris Snyder’s back stiffness flared up again this morning, so he sat out workouts. He hasn’t played since March 9, but insisted he does not expect this injury to linger into the season.

»»» Brian Burres will pitch the first four innings of the camp game at 10 a.m. Thursday at Pirate City. Players for that game include Corey Wimberly, Pedro Ciriaco, Garrett Jones, Josh Fields, Garrett Atkins, Josh Rodriguez and Wyatt Toregas.

»»» This year’s postgame concert schedule has been finalized: June 11, Huey Lewis and the News; July 9, .38 Special; Aug. 6, Train; Sept. 24, Steve Miller Band.

»»» The Pirates will wear green caps and use green bases Thursday in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.