04/28/12 12:02 AM ET
McLouth's memories sparked by Panda's streak
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
Series at Turner Field reunites Wilson with Bucs
ATLANTA -- One-time Pittsburgh All-Star shortstop Jack Wilson, now a backup to rookie Tyler Pastornicky with the Braves, was eagerly anticipating his first look at the Pirates across the field.Wilson played 1,159 games with the Bucs from 2001-09, but hadn't yet played a game against them. He was dealt in mid-2009 to the American League's Mariners, who swapped him last season to Atlanta a month after the clubs had finished their schedules against each other. "It'll be nice to see everybody," Wilson, looking forward to the reunion, had told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review earlier this week. Everybody? Not in today's fast-spinning baseball universe. Only seven players on the club when Wilson was dealt on July 29, 2009, remain with the Pirates: Andrew McCutchen, Garrett Jones, Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Jeff Karstens, Nate McLouth (who rejoined them this season after himself being dealt earlier in 2009) and Charlie Morton (Wilson's teammate for six weeks after arriving in the McLouth deal).
Bucs prospect Bell out after knee surgery
ATLANTA -- The rookie professional season of Josh Bell, the Pirates' big score in last June's First-Year Player Draft, has come to a sudden halt with an injury to his left knee.Bell underwent surgery Friday to repair the meniscus in the knee. The surgery, performed in Pittsburgh by Dr. Patrick DeMeo, is expected to sideline the outfielder for much of the Minor League season. The 19-year-old was playing with West Virginia in the Class A South-Atlantic League and felt discomfort in the knee while running the bases in a Tuesday game against Savannah. He was removed from the game, and ensuing examinations revealed the injury. Bell, a multisport standout in Dallas, was regarded prior to the Draft as a tough sign. But the Bucs used their second-round pick on him and were able to reach an agreement after offering him a $5 million signing bonus. In 15 games with the Power, Bell was batting .274, with one home run and 11 RBIs in 62 at-bats. He also had 21 strikeouts. Bell is expected to soon go to Bradenton and begin his rehab at Pirate City. The Pirates anticipate him being able to return to action later in the season.
The Pirates are the only Major League teams to not yet be issued an intentional walk. The Seattle Mariners got their first free pass Friday night, when Dustin Ackley was walked intentionally by Toronto's Francisco Cordero in the ninth. Pedro Alvarez was hitless in two at-bats, but did draw a pair of walks -- tripling his previous season output (one walk in 46 plate appearances). A.J. Burnett's second strikeout -- of Freddie Freeman in the first -- was career No. 1,800, making him the seventh active pitcher at the plateau. Two infield singles, including a wonderfully deadened bunt in the fifth inning, extended Alex Presley's hitting streak to 11 games.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.