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Wakeup Call: Another lefty, anyone?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

HOME — Brief and to the Point …

>> The Tuesday column … wait, there isn’t one. The streak is snapped at 19 days. And I’m betting it won’t be the only streak snapped at 19 this summer.

Nice to be back in the good place. Planning to do some catching up locally with a couple columns this week, then taking next week off.

>> Jared Hughes was just sent down, and you have to wonder if Tony Watson won’t be next. This is not the time of year to let relievers linger in misery, and the Pirates do have other options in Indy in Evan Meek, Chris Leroux, Bryan Morris and lefty Justin Wilson.

Meek is still walking too many guys, but opponents are batting .204. He isn’t doing great, but it’s not as if being in the majors will get to him.

As for Wilson, even if hopes remain for him to start, again, this isn’t the time to worry about that. Wilson is erratic, but he throws flames out of the pen, and he’s no kid.

In September, they’re all here. But now counts.

>> You know, one of the many positives of being at the Olympics was being away from the Penn State scandal for a little while. I know nothing firm has emerged about Jerry Sandusky possibly having others involved in his vile crimes, but there certainly is a lot coming from a lot of different directions.

It’s just astounding to think the story could get any worse, isn’t it?

>> Mike Adams couldn’t participate in OTAs and now will miss at least two more weeks of preseason to a knee injury. And his position, left tackle, is the one entrusted to protect the franchise quarterback.

Why is anyone still discussing whether or not he could start the opener in Denver?

>> I’ll do a couple more columns, then take some time off next week.

But I want to take a moment here to thank everyone who wrote — here or emails or Twitter or Facebook or Sulia — with kind words about the Olympics coverage. My favorite aspect of it is hearing from women, particularly those who open their emails by prefacing that they normally don’t read the sports section.

That’s one big reason the Trib as a whole went all-out to cover the Games.

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