May 5: Brewers (14-12) @ Pirates (12-13); Capps out with minor elbow injury

Closer Matt Capps had an MRI on his right elbow earlier on Tuesday, and though no structural damage or ligament damage was found, there is a bruise on his bone. As a result, Capps will rest for a few days, but is aiming to be ready to return this weekend.

Capps informed the team of the discomfort last night after feeling a slight pull when he was taking his shirt off after the game.

The minor setback comes after Capps blew a save and picked up a loss on Monday night when he gave up four runs on three hits and a walk in the ninth. He had allowed five hits and two runs in his previous one-inning appearance.

Without Capps, closing duties will fall on Tyler Yates and John Grabow.

Other pregame notes:

  • Shortstop Jack Wilson took grounders earlier today again and reported to be feeling great. If all goes well these next few days, Wilson plans to travel with the team to NY on Friday and then join the Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse on Saturday. He’d stay with the Indianapolis club through Monday and then come off the DL on Tuesday.
  • Manager John Russell said that he’d like to stay away from Evan Meek again on Tuesday to give Meek two days to recover from his three-inning appearance on Sunday. However, with Capps out and the Pirates not willing to go to Donnie Veal in any situation other than a blowout, that would significantly limit the Pirates’ relief options.
  • Reliever Craig Hansen (neck spasms) has still not thrown off the mound.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Nyjer Morgan (LF)
  2. Freddy Sanchez (2B)
  3. Nate McLouth (CF)
  4. Adam LaRoche (1B)
  5. Brandon Moss (RF)
  6. Andy LaRoch (3B)
  7. Ramon Vazquez (SS)
  8. Jason Jaramillo (C)
  9. Ian Snell (RHP)

Brewers lineup:

  1. Rickie Weeks (2B)
  2. Craig Counsell (3B)
  3. Ryan Braun (LF)
  4. Prince Fielder (1B)
  5. Mike Cameron (CF)
  6. Corey Hart (RF)
  7. J.J. Hardy (SS)
  8. Jason Kendall (C)
  9. Jeff Suppan (RHP)




i don’t know what they see in Moss. He’ll never hit. You can’t keep waiting for something that won’t ever happen. I want Monroe to play most of the time, they need his power, clutch hitting, and right handed bat. Hinske could be his platoon. Young would be better than Moss. Moss needs to go, Monroe’s playing time needs to grow. Management better realize this, or Im giving up. Since Young is playing, maybe Moss will be gone soon. I hope so.

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