08/06/10 12:26 AM ET
Doumit likely to come off DL on Saturday
By Jenifer Langosch, Matt Fortuna / MLB.com
Doumit was scheduled to make his third rehab appearance on Thursday, but Triple-A Indianapolis' game was rained out in Durham. A doubleheader has been scheduled for Friday, with Doumit scheduled to play in both games.
General manager Neal Huntington said that Doumit will serve as Indianapolis' catcher in the first game, possibly finishing the contest in right field. Doumit will then be the team's designated hitter in the second contest.
If all goes well, he will then travel to Pittsburgh in time for Saturday's night game against the Rockies. Even before Thursday's rainout, the Pirates were not planning on bringing Doumit back until the weekend.
"The first day down there was a little rough," Huntington said. "It's tough for any player to sit for 15 days and come back to the Major League level. At this point, we're expecting today and tomorrow out of Ryan, and look to activate him on Saturday."
In his first two rehab games, Doumit went 0-for-8 with two strikeouts. He did not have any balls hit to him in his start in right field.
When Doumit is activated, manager John Russell will have the challenge of finding playing time for him as a catcher and right fielder. Chris Snyder is expected to continue to get the majority of playing time behind the plate.
Pittsburgh will have to make a roster move on Saturday to make space for Doumit's return. If the club elects to keep three catchers -- as Huntington has previously suggested they will -- Jeff Clement will likely be squeezed out of a spot. If the Pirates decide to keep only two backstops, Erik Kratz would be the odd man out.
Bucs hope new arrivals will stabilize 'pen
PITTSBURGH -- Pirates manager John Russell has yet to define the roles of newly acquired relievers Chris Resop and Chan Ho Park, but he's hoping the duo can help create a more stable atmosphere for a bullpen that received a giant makeover at the Trade Deadline last weekend.
"It's just trying to bridge that gap between our starter and getting to the guys at the back end," Russell said. "We still feel like the guys we have with [Sean] Gallagher, [Wil] Ledezma, that they're going to be able to get into [the later innings]. But throwing them right into that role, and [Daniel] McCutchen as well, I think these guys will help solidify that a little bit."
Pirates relievers have given up 19 earned runs in the 17 1/3 innings they have pitched in since the Trade Deadline. Resop joined the club on Thursday. Park will not be added to the roster until Friday.
General manager Neal Huntington reiterated Russell's sentiment, saying Resop is not being looked at as a starter for the time being, despite his 6-3 record and 2.09 ERA in 15 starts this season with Triple-A Gwinnett.
Huntington added that the club will continue to pursue other upgrades to its bullpen, as well.
"We'll always look for ways to improve the club, whether it's a small upgrade or a large upgrade," he said
Resop thinks transition to 'pen will be easy
PITTSBURGH -- Chris Resop is happy to be off the disabled list and honored to be on a Major League roster.
The 27-year-old arrived in Pittsburgh on Thursday and pitched a perfect ninth inning in the Pirates' 5-1 win over the Rockies, one day after being claimed off waivers and four days after his last Minor League start for Triple-A Gwinnett.
"I was happy," Resop said afterward. "I wanted to get in there as quick as I could and get that first one out of the way and be comfortable."
Resop pitched in Japan in 2009, and this season was placed on the DL with a strained left oblique muscle one day after his only Major League appearance, on June 15 with the Braves. He allowed five runs in two innings.
Resop spent the rest of this season in the Minor Leagues, where he started 15 games for Gwinnett, striking out 91 batters over 82 innings.
"It's a guy that has absolutely torn up Triple-A," general manager Neal Huntington said. "He's striking out more than a guy an inning, giving up very few hits, not walking a lot of people as a starter. We see a good fastball, a good breaking ball, so we thought it was a good guy for us to take a chance on."
Resop believes going back to the bullpen will be a smooth transition. As a two-way player in high school, he was drafted by the Marlins in 2001 as an outfielder. But after Resop's bat hit a wall, the organization eventually gave his arm a test on the mound in 2003.
Spending time in the Minors this season as a starter, Resop said, taught him how to become a better pitcher.
But Resop said he had not thrown a baseball since Sunday and did not know he would be the Pirates' last line of defense on Thursday after starter James McDonald's eight-strikeout, scoreless performance.
Sitting with his new teammates in the bullpen eased whatever first-day jitters there may have been.
"It makes you feel like they want you here," Resop said of his new teammates. "Everybody's rooting for you, as opposed to, 'Oh yeah, go get 'em. We're losing 10-0 right now, and just please save our good pitchers,' you know what I mean? Sometimes you don't feel like a part of a team, and that's hard. But everybody makes you feel right at home here, so it's a big difference."
Left-hander Rudy Owens pitched a one-hitter for Double-A Altoona on Wednesday in a 5-1 win over Akron. Owens retired the last 17 batters he faced, allowing one run over six innings. ... Triple-A Indianapolis utility man Brian Bixler was sent to Altoona. ... Jose Tabata's 29 hits since the All-Star break are the second most in the National League. Neil Walker's 27 hits rank fifth. ... Pirates catchers have caught five of the last seven runners attempting to steal against them. They had caught just 11 runners on the season prior to this stretch.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Matt Fortuna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.