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03/10/11 11:45 PM ET

Doumit sidelined with oblique injury

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Initially scheduled to travel to Port Charlotte, Fla. for the Pirates' game against the Rays on Friday, Ryan Doumit has been scratched from the travel roster after feeling soreness in his right oblique during batting practice on Thursday.

Doumit, who had left McKechnie Field by the time the Pirates disclosed the injury, will receive treatment for the ailment on Friday. It's unknown how long he will be out, though oblique injuries often have a tendency to linger.

The Pirates have been in the process of determining how to use Doumit this season, while at the same time continuing to make the catcher available on the trade market. If this injury keeps Doumit sidelined for more than just a few days, it would certainly hurt the Pirates' ability to deal Doumit before the start of the season. It would also shake up the bench.

Doumit, who is slated to earn $5.1 million this year, is 3-for-17 with three RBIs so far this spring.

Cedeno working on cutting down strikeouts

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Reducing the number of times he strikes out is among Ronny Cedeno's 2011 goals, and the shortstop is spending significant time this spring making the adjustments he hopes will help him in that area.

Cedeno struck out 106 times in 468 at-bats last season. Only once has he finished a year with more strikeouts (109 in 2006), but he also had 66 more at-bats that year.

With guidance from hitting coach Gregg Ritchie, Cedeno has been focusing largely on body control -- as he sets up to swing and then goes through the motion. The shortstop has a tendency to rush his mechanics, often leaving him in a less-than-desirable position to hit.

"I feel good -- much better," Cedeno said. "Last year was a bad year. I have a new year, and I need to make an adjustment. I need to put the ball in play, and get in the right position to hit."

Cedeno's timing does appear to be getting better, as he has four hits in his last eight at-bats, after starting the spring 0-for-11.

Olsen, Beimel and Ascanio making progress

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Pitchers Scott Olsen, Joe Beimel and Jose Ascanio are all expected to take steps forward in their respective returns from various injuries on Friday.

Beimel (left forearm tightness) and Olsen (left hamstring tightness) will remain in Bradenton to throw batting practice while the club travels to Port Charlotte, Fla., to face the Rays. This will be Olsen's second batting-practice session this week, and likely his last before he is cleared to pitch in an actual game. The left-hander is scheduled to throw 35 pitches; Beimel will throw 20.

Ascanio, who threw a side session on Wednesday without issue, is scheduled to throw another on Friday. The right-hander is working his way back after being slowed by some discomfort in his right elbow.

Position players Brian Friday (left hand) and Josh Rodriguez (right quadriceps) are both improving and remain listed as day-to-day, according to a statement released by the club. John Bowker (left wrist) played left field on Thursday and went 1-for-2, with an RBI single.

Hanrahan struggles with location against O's

BRADENTON, Fla. -- An inability to locate pitches inside made for a long stay on the mound for the Pirates' Joel Hanrahan on Thursday night.

Hanrahan entered in the fifth and watched the three-run lead he inherited evaporate rapidly. He walked the leadoff hitter and saw the next five Orioles batters reach on base hits. Two of those hits were doubles, and another a two-run homer by Ryan Adams.

Hanrahan did end his inning with three straight strikeouts to strand a pair of runners in scoring position. But even that was of little solace to the team's closer.

"I was embarrassed for a little bit, there," Hanrahan said. "You give up five hits in a row, it's not looking too good. You're trying to work on things, but there comes a point in time when, 'Alright, let's let the competitor part take over, and get some people out.' I didn't do that until too late."

Hanrahan went into the game wanting to focus particularly on pitching inside. He missed on a pair of inside fastballs to Nolan Reimold, who drew the walk. He kept trying to go inside, but watched many of those attempts end up over the middle of the plate. And from there, Baltimore hitters were in a position to tee off.

"He was trying to get the ball in, but hitters can get your attention certain times," manager Clint Hurdle said. "It is what it is. There are no major concerns. He got his work in. He's healthy. He's got to have better command. When balls are up, they get hit."

This was the second of Hanrahan's four spring outings that has not gone all that well. He gave up three hits and a walk before being pulled with two outs in an appearance against the Twins on March 2. In his other two relief appearances, Hanrahan did not allow a hit.

Still, no one -- including Hanrahan -- appears worried about the up-and-down start to the spring.

"I'm not overly concerned about it, but you still have to get people out," Hanrahan said. "For the most part the ball was up. It's something you have to work on."

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.