Bedard scratched, Lincoln to step in

This won’t come as a surprise, but Erik Bedard has been scratched from his next scheduled start, Monday against the Marlins in Miami. Brad Lincoln will step into his spot. Bedard, ousted from his Wednesday start by back spasms, will instead open up the two-game series on Wednesday against the Nationals.

Manager Clint Hurdle made the decision after talking to both Bedard and the training staff. Bedard has been taking muscle relaxants and getting other treatment.

What this means in the short-term is that Lincoln will not be available out of the bullpen for the final two games of the ongoing series against the Astros. But the Bucs have Daniel McCutchen available for any long relief assignments.

McCutchen was added to the roster when Joel Hanrahan went on the Bereavement List on Friday, and hasn’t yet worked. 

Hanrahan, whose grandmother had passed away, is due back in town Saturday night, and is expected to be activated for Sunday’s game.

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With the way Lincoln has pitched so far it would be tough to take him out of the rotation. He’s still relatively young and may be finally realizing some of that potential. Correia has struggled some and probably won’t be with the Pirates next year, so why not move him to the pen instead of stunting the growth that Lincoln is experiencing? Also, not sure how much longer the Pirates can hold on to that idea of the break out Nate McLouth and not face the one who is front of them, the one who hasn’t hit for several years. It’s time to cut him loose. With Presley’s struggles, they could bring up Marte and have Presley be the 4th outfielder.

The front office seems to find a way to piece together a pitching staff on their budget, but when it comes to signing veteran bats, they swing and miss badly. From Iwamura to Overbay and now this year’s crop was Barajas, Barmes, McGhee, McLouth, Navarro who are hitting a combined .181 with McGhee’s .217 being the best among the bunch. Until they figure out how to bring productive hitters in, it’s going to be difficult to break that losing streak.

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