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Pirates Pirates Report: 9/28/02

Saturday, September 28, 2002

Compiled by Robert Dvorchak, Post-Gazette Sports Writer


Pirates vs. Chicago, 4:05 p.m., Wrigley Field. No TV. Radio: KDKA-AM (1020) and Pirates Radio Network. Pirates RHP Kip Wells (12-14) faces Cubs RHP Alan Benes (2-2).


The Pirates have lost 355 days to injury, roughly one-fourth the total from last season. The does not include the days lost by Pat Meares, who has not played a game because of an injured left hand. Other than David Williams, who is out for the season after having shoulder surgery, no Pirates starting pitcher has missed a turn in the rotation because of injury. Last year, three starters went down in spring training and a fourth was injured in the second game of the season. Williams will visit Dr. James Andrews Nov. 1 to be checked on his recovery from shoulder surgery. Williams could begin throwing Nov. 4 at the instructional league in Bradenton, Fla..

An off-season conditioning program has been developed for 2B Pokey Reese, who was hampered by hamstring problems this season. The program is designed to add strength without sacrificing flexibility. Reese is one of four Pirates who will be monitored in the off-season. Aramis Ramirez, Jimmy Anderson and J.J. Davis are the others.

Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and a walk yesterday, keeping him at 498 home runs for his career. Salomon Torres left a fastball in the middle of the plate in the first, but Sosa grounded out. "That was the plan. To keep him in the yard," Torres said.

Mike Williams is one of 15 major-league players with 46 or more saves in a season. But he is the only pitcher to pick up 46 saves for a team with a losing record.

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