Last week, we named our players of the month, picking All-Star second baseman Raul Siri as the top hitter and right-hander Richard Mitchell as the top pitcher. Mitchell threw five shutout innings in his only appearance, while Siri suffered a right hand injury on Monday and the only action he saw in the last five games of the week was a pinch-running appearance on Saturday. He wasn't the only key player out though, as starting catcher Mikell Granberry and left fielder Edison Lantigua each missed the entire week. Granberry has been bothered by a back injury, while Lantigua's absence goes back to the previous Thursday when he got sick during a game and began to suffer from dehydration days later.

The Pirates were already without two bench bats that are done for the season, Huascar Fuentes ...

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