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Pirates Notebook: Lincoln finds golf hazard

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

By Robert Dvorchak, Post-Gazette Sports Writer

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Reliever Mike Lincoln was held out of a bullpen session yesterday because of injuries he received last week in a freak accident involving an errant golf ball. His injuries aren't believed to be serious.

"We're just being overly cautious," pitching coach Spin Williams said. "This early in camp, there's no sense pushing a guy."

Lincoln reported some discomfort during his throwing session Sunday.

His right shoulder was jammed and his palm was bruised after a fall last week. Lincoln was running with Kip Wells and Josh Fogg on the outfield warning tracks at Pirate City, which is adjacent to the River Run Golf Course. Lincoln stepped on a golf ball that had escaped the course. His foot slipped and caused a tumble.

"Everything's fine," Lincoln said. "I didn't know this was a driving range."

Injury update

Matt Guerrier is on a monitored throwing program but has not been able to pitch off a mound because of pain in his throwing shoulder. He might not take the mound until March 2, which puts him at least a week behind the other pitchers competing for the fifth starter's spot.

Pitcher Rolando Arrojo continues to recover from a strained right hamstring and should be able to resume throwing soon.

"He's still day to day," Pirates Manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's starting to feel a lot better, move a lot better. Hopefully, we can get him back out there and get him active again."

Catcher Humberto Cota, recovering from surgery on his left hand, was able to take batting practice yesterday but has not done any catching.

"He swung the bat pretty good," McClendon said. "They're evaluating on a daily basis. I think it's according to his pain tolerance right now."

Catching on

Ryan Doumit, 21, is one of nine catchers in camp and has no chance of making the big-league roster. But after his second year at Class A Hickory, he was invited to his first major-league spring camp as another step in his development.

"This is so much fun," Doumit said. "I'm just blown away. I'm in awe of some of these guys. These are the guys I see on TV. I'm going to try to absorb as much as I can. I'm learning by just watching these players go about their business. They're showing me how to be a big-leaguer."

Sanchez arrives

Reliever Duaner Sanchez, delayed because of his father's illness, reported to camp yesterday and will throw today or tomorrow. He was the last of the pitchers and catchers to make it into camp. Position players are due to report today.

No new outfielder

General Manager Dave Littlefield had hoped to acquire an outfielder before the position players reported but said yesterday there was "nothing new" in his talks with free agents or other teams.

Robert Dvorchak can be reached at bdvorchak@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1959.

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