Righty Jason Grilli is on his way to Pittsburgh, and will have to pass a physical before finalizing a free-agent contract with the Pirates. Assuming everything works out, Grilli will pitch out of the bullpen starting Friday, when the Cardinals come to town for a huge three-game series. Chris Leroux will be sent back to Triple-A Indy.
»»» Neil Walker fouled a pitch off his right shin last night, and this morning was wearing medicated patches on his leg to reduce the pain. Walker was not walking with any limp and took batting practice as usual.
»»» Joel Hanrahan, who’s pitched the past three games, is NOT available this afternoon against the Reds. Jose Veras would be the first option as closer. “It could be a two-guy situation, if the game dicatates,” manager Clint Hurdle said. Chris Resop, who has pitched two since experiencing some forearm pain a few days ago, is “situational at best” for today’s game, according to Hurdle.
Lineups for today’s game:
Reds (47-50) – 1. Chris Heisey cf, 2. Edgar Renteria ss, 3. Joey Votto 1b, 4. Scott Rolen 3b, 5. Jay Bruce rf, 6. Ramon Hernandez c, 7. Jonny Gomes lf, 8. Miguel Cairo 2bc, 9. Johnny Cueto rhp (5-3, 2.01)
Pirates (51-44) – 1. Alex Presley lf, 2. Chase d’Arnaud ss, 3. Neil Walker 2b, 4. Andrew McCutchen cf, 5. Lyle Overbay 1b, 6. Garrett Jones rf, 7. Brandon Wood 3b, 8. Mike McKenry c, 9. Jeff Karstens rhp (8-4, 2.34)