06/10/12 6:30 PM ET
Barmes, Hurdle have company in 'Clint' club
By Tom Singer and Mark Emery / MLB.com
Leroux continues rehab process at Triple-A
PITTSBURGH -- Chris Leroux has already spent 69 days on the 60-day disabled list with what had been described as a rare injury for a pitcher. But the right-hander could be nearing a return.Leroux, who strained a right pectoral muscle pitching in Philadelphia in the final preseason game, has been assigned to Indianapolis to continue his rehab with the Triple-A affiliate. In his first rehab outing, on Wednesday with Class A Bradenton, Leroux made a sharp three-inning start, allowing two hits and one run while walking one and striking out two. With the Indians, Leroux will work out of the bullpen. Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor will look for opportunities to give the righty multiple innings. "He's healthy, ready to go," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said of Leroux. "We anticipate building him up, stretching him out, get him in situations where he can throw a volume of pitches." Leroux, the 28-year-old Canadian native who has appeared in the Majors in parts of the last three seasons with the Marlins and the Pirates, is a trained reliever. He has pitched out of the bullpen in each of his 51 Major League games, and 212 of Leroux's 224 Minor League appearances also came in relief.
"I guess I've got bragging rights."
-- Jason Grilli, on picking up his fourth career save on Sunday -- giving him one more than his father, Steve, had during a 1975-79 career as a reliever with the Tigers and the Blue Jays.
Pedro Alvarez was out of Sunday's lineup, when lefty Bruce Chen started for the Royals, but Hurdle gave no indication he's toying with the idea of again resting him against lefties. It had more to do with giving playing time to a trio (Casey McGehee, who started at third, Matt Hague and Josh Harrison) that hadn't had many at-bats of late. In the Pirates' first road Interleague series, Hurdle used three different DHs in the games at Detroit's Comerica Park: Harrison, Neil Walker, and Alvarez. Plans for Baltimore and Cleveland on the upcoming trip are up in the air, especially with lefties Wei-Yin Chen and Brian Matusz starting the first two games for the Orioles. In addition to the PNC Park sellout crowd of 39,312 for Saturday night's game, the club accommodated about 5,500 additional music fans by selling postgame concert-only tickets to the Boyz II Men performance. The Pirates secured their first sweep in 50 Interleague series, since June 15-17, 2001, over the Indians. The three-game sweep of the Royals was the Pirates' third overall in Interleague Play.
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. Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.