I walked into the Pirates’ clubhouse this afternoon and noticed two new faces. Infielder Pedro Ciriaco has been recalled from Triple-A Indy to replace Steve Pearce, who almost certainly is headed for the DL with what manager Clint Hurdle called “a finger issue that showed up bad on the x-ray last night.” Pearce went for an MRI exam this afternoon. Pearce was injured while fielding a grounder at third base in the eighth inning last night.
»»» Neither Pearce nor Kevin Correia (oblique) were available to speak with reporters before the game. It’s hard to say how long Correia will be out, but there’s a chance his season is over. “(Oblique injuries) don’t seem to go away too quickly,” Hurdle said. “They’re deep and they’re real. We’ll see how Kevin responds.”
»»» Left-hander Aaron Thompson is with the team, though, like Ciriaco, his addition is not yet official. “I don’t know what my role is going to be,” Thompson said. “I worked out of the bullpen at (Double-A) Altoona and I was starting at Indy.” Thompson said he’s stretched out to about 70 pitches; Hurdle said the figure is more like 50. Thompson might make a spot start Wednesday, which was supposed to be Correia’s turn in the rotation. “(Thompson’s) day (to pitch) came up right on the day we needed it,” Hurdle said. Thompson is not a long-term fix; Brad Lincoln will take Correia’s rotation spot.
»»» It’s no great surprise that lefty reliever Joe Beimel was designated for assignment today to clear a roster spot for Ross Ohlendorf, who’ll started tonight against the Brewers. Beimel, 34, signed a one-year, $1.75-million contract over the winter, and was twice on the disabled list due to elbow soreness. In 35 relief outings, he went 1-1 with a 5.33 ERA. In five outings since Aug. 9, Beimel worked 2 1/3 innings and allowed six runs on seven hits.
»»» Beimel’s departure leaves rookie Tony Watson as potentially the lone lefty in the pen. Watson, who was recalled Saturday from Triple-A Indy, is 1-2 with a 3.81 ERA and a .226 opponent batting average in 27 outings. He picked up his first major league victory Sunday, but was shelled for four runs Monday in the eighth inning of the first game of the doubleheader.
»»» Ryan Doumit last night hit his 40th home run at PNC Park. He is the fifth player to reach that mark, following Jason Bay (61), Craig Wilson (47), Brian Giles (45) and Aramis Ramirez (40).
»»» Bradenton catcher Ramon Cabrera leads the High-A Florida State League with a .347 batting average.
Corrected lineups for today’s game:
Brewers (77-53) – 1. Corey Hart rf, 2. Nyjer Morgan cf, 3. Ryan Braun lf, 4. Prince Fielder 1b, 5. Casey McGehee 3b, 6. Yuniesky Betancourt ss, 7. Jerry Hairston 2b, 8. Jonathan Lucroy c, 9. Marco Estrada rhp (3-8, 4.28)
Pirates (60-67) – 1. Jose Tabata rf, 2. Xavier Paul lf, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Ryan Doumit c, 5.Neil Walker 2b, 6. Garrett Jones 1b, 7. Josh Harrison 3b, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 9. Ross Ohlendorf rhp (0-0, 7.27)