Tightness keeps Meek out of marathon win

Tightness keeps Meek out of marathon win

Tightness keeps Meek out of marathon win
PITTSBURGH -- It was not a particularly good night for Evan Meek to be deemed unavailable to pitch, but that's what it came to on Friday, after Meek felt tightness in his shoulder while playing catch that afternoon.

Both Meek and manager Clint Hurdle said the right-hander could be ready to pitch again as early as Saturday, and neither seemed particularly concerned that this would be a lingering issue. There was no talk about a possible disabled list stint, either.

Hurdle ruled Meek out before Friday's 14-inning, 4-3 win over the Rockies ever started, and he stuck with that decision, even after Meek volunteered to begin playing catch after the Pirates used their final available reliever, Garrett Olson.

"I was down there a little bit frustrated, but I appreciate the day to heal," said Meek, who last pitched on Wednesday. "They're smarter than I am. I wanted to pitch, but the smart thing was to give it a day. The last thing we want is to go out there and pitch and then have something not right turn from a day or two into a week or two. Just patience."

Added Hurdle, "The medical staff and I bit through our bottom lip about seven times as the game went on, but that's the decision we made before the game."