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Pregame: Yates tears tendon

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Reliever Tyler Yates visited Dr. James Andrews (cue ominous music) and was diagnosed with a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. Yates will be re-examined in six weeks.

Yates, 33, was attempting to come back from Tommy John surgery, which he had on July 14, 2009. He pitched in five spring training games (nine innings) and put up a 12.46 ERA. He’s admitted to mulling retirement after his last operation, and this latest setback might make him consider it again.

»»» More than 2,500 runners are registered for the inauguaral “Pirates 5K Home Run” at 8 a.m. Saturday on the North Shore. A limited number of race-day registrations will be accepted from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m. All entrants get a t-shirt and a ticket to Saturday night’s game against the Rox.

Lineups for tonight’s game:

Rockies (4-1) – 1. Dexter Fowler cf, 2. Jonathan Herrera 2b, 3. Carlos Gonzalez lf, 4. Troy Tulowitzki ss, 5. Todd Helton 1b, 6. Seth Smith rf, 7. Ty Wigginton 3b, 8. Chris Iannetta c, 9. Jorge de la Rosa (1-0, 0.00) lhp

Pirates (4-3) – 1. Jose Tabata lf, 2. Neil Walker 2b, 3. Andrew McCutchen, 4. Lyle Overbay 1b, 5. Matt Diaz rf, 6. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 7. Jason Jaramillo c, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 9. Ross Ohlendorf (0-0, 6.00) rhp

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