Pirates Notebook: Presley Working to Regain Last Seasons Swing

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After starting the season off hot — hitting for a .303/.321/.395 line in 76 at-bats over his first 19 games of the season, Alex Presley has since fizzled off. The left fielder spent the majority of the season batting leadoff, but was bumped to the two spot in place of Jose Tabata, who took off at the plate. “We’ve revisited a lot of the at-bats that we had last year when he first joined the club,...

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Bedard Feeling Better Today After Exiting Wednesday’s Game With Back Spasms

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Lefty Erik Bedard, who was removed from the Pirates 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night at PNC Park in the top of the second inning with back spasms, is feeling better today. Although his status is still day-to-day, Pirates Manger Clint Hurdle said prior to the game this afternoon that there has been some improvement. “I know he felt better than he did last night when he came in...

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Bedard Removed from Outing With Injury

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Left-hander Erik Bedard was removed from the Pirates game against the Washington Nationals at PNC Park in the top of the second inning due to back spasms. The lefty needed just five pitches to retire the side in the first inning. The injury occurred after throwing a 1-2 pitch to former bucco Adam LaRoche. Bedard twisted his torso as the Pirates trainers and Manager Clint Hurdle came to the mound. He was removed...

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Starling Marte: Bruised But Not Broken

Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Starling Marte, who was hit on the hand by a pitch in the 2nd inning of last night’s game, has had X-rays that turned out negative.  His right hand is bruised and swollen, but there was no sign of a fracture.  It will still be a few days before the swelling goes down enough for him to bat and throw.  In the meantime, he will be available to pinch-run for Indianapolis.

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