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Marte goes on DL, Tabata recalled

ST. LOUIS — Jose Tabata stowed his gear in the Pirates’ clubhouse this morning, as Starling Marte (strained right oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list.

After batting .230 and giving less than an all-out effort in the field and on the basepaths, Tabata was demoted to Indy on July 3. It was not a smooth transition. Tabata didn’t play well — or play hard — after being sent down, and drew criticism from folks in Indy as well as those in the Pirates front office. “Everything’s different down there,” Tabata said. “I’ve been there a (while), so I feel more comfortable there now. I feel good.” Um, sure, but that doesn’t excuse his lousy effort at the start of his time in Indy. “It was difficult a little bit, but it happens,” Tabata said. “You’ve got to be strong. The past is the past. I want to forget the past. I’m here today. New mentality. Stronger.” We’ll see.

»»»  Jordy Mercer was hit on the right wrist by a pitch last night, but X-rays were negative. “It’s just a bruise,” Mercer said this morning. After the game this afternoon, Mercer will fly to Oklahoma for a three-day paternity leave. His wife is scheduled to give birth tonorrow to their first child, a son (who’ll be named Maverick). But manager Clint Hurdle also indicated there’s a chance Mercer could go on the DL. “If he’s not hurt to the degree that he has to go on the DL, he’ll go on the leave,” Hurdle said. Chad Qualls, who’s on bereavement leave, is due back Monday. “As of right now, we expect him to return,” Hurdle said.

»»» Kevin Correia has been available in the bullpen the past two days, although Hurdle did not reveal that fact until this morning. Correia doesn’t seem optimistic about making any more spot starts. “That’s all over with now,” Correia said tersely. Hurdle explained why he did not put Erik Bedard, who Saturday gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings, into the bullpen. “As we move forward, we’re trying to figure this out as best we can,” Hurdle said, “Bedard didn’t give us what we needed yesterday. But he got two wins at home and his next start will be at home. He’s pitched very well at home. So, as we continue to try to find the best rhyme and reason for our pitching staff, I told (Correia) he’s got to stay focused on pitching because, No. 1, an injury could pop up and, No. 2, we’ve got to find the best we can put out there.” So, there you have it. Bedard won his past two starts at PNC Park, so he (along with his league-leading 13 losses and 4.76 ERA) stays in the rotation.

»»» Jefff Karstens is 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA in four starts this year against NL Central clubs. In his last outing against the Cards on June 30 at Busch Stadium, he worked seven innings and outdueled Lance Lynn in a 7-3 win. 

Game 121: Pirates @ Cardinals, 2:15 p.m. ET

Pirates (66-54): 1. Jose Tabata lf, 2. Josh Harrison 2b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Gaby Sanchez 1b, 5. Travis Snider rf, 6. Michael McKenry c, 7. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 8. Clint Barmes ss, 9. Jeff Karstens (4-3, 3.91)

Cardinals (65-55): 1. Jon Jay cf, 2. Allen Craig 1b, 3. Matt Holliday lf, 4. Carlos Beltran rf, 5. David Freese 3b, 6. Yadier Molina c, 7. Skip Schumaker 2bf, 8. Rafael Furcal ss, 9. Jaime Garcia lhp (3-4, 4.48)


  1. Oh, boy! That makes real sense. A 13-game loser on a winning ball club stays in the rotation and so does a mediocre acquisition like Wandy, while Correia (9-7) goes to the bullpen? (And is not pitching in his old home ballpark in San Diego?) ‘Splain me that, Sparky.

    Hurdle is in some kind of fantasy world and the FO has fallen back into their normal M.O. I have no problem with the guts of this team–Walker, Garrett Jones, Cutch, the Fort, A.J. (Except, why does he stubbornly insist on Barajas catching, instead of the Fort?), J Mac (if he has returned to form) and Karstens–and I don’t have a problem with letting Marte play into his role, nor Mercer (if given enough playing time) into his, nor Snider, but I really resent a manager who was a Mendoza line hitter for his last four years in the majors letting the Killer Bee veterans hang on out of sympathy for their plight. They have cost us at least ten Ws. How many have they won?

  2. What year is it? Someone please explain to me how wins and losses truly show how good or bad a pitcher is. It simply doesn’t. I am disappointed in you Rob. So Bedard leads the league in losses. That means absolutely nothing. How many of those “losses” occurred because of no run support or lack of it? In his first four starts he received a total of 3 runs from the offense while only giving up 7 runs. In addition to that, he got 3 runs of support over 3 starts. Take away say, 5 of his losses and his record is better but his ERA is still awful, which I believe is the best indicator of how good a pitcher is. Correia being 9-7 is meaningless. His ERA is 4.63. He’s given up one less ER and has pitched just as many innings as Bedard. He has given up 3 more hits and has 55 less strikeouts. For what Bedard does offer this team at home (his ERA is 2.63) I say he is better than Correia. Everybody needs to stop referring to a pitchers record when discussing how good or bad they are because frankly, its silly and ignorant. ERA, K/9 are more of an indicator along with WHIP and even WAR.

  3. Good point about the Fort not getting more playing time. Barajas is one of the automatic outs on this team, and usually Barmes is another. The only true allstar on this team is
    Andrew and even he is in a minor slump. Correia should remain as a starter. Snider is also a good acquisition.

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