Correia to start Wednesday, spelling rotation

Correia to start Wednesday, spelling rotation

Correia to start Wednesday, spelling rotation
CINCINNATI -- Kevin Correia, bumped from the Pirates' rotation to make room for newcomer Wandy Rodriguez, has been penciled in to make a spot start on Wednesday against Arizona.

Correia has made one relief appearance since being reassigned to the bullpen following his last start on July 25. Last Sunday, he allowed four runs and five hits in a two-inning stint in Houston.

The Bucs have embarked on a stretch of 20 straight playing days, through Aug. 23, and the start by Correia will give the regular members of the five-man rotation an extra day of rest. The Wednesday night game at PNC Park against the D-backs comes on Rodriguez's normal turn, so everyone, starting with him, is being pushed back a day.

Correia will still be available out of the bullpen for the final two games of this series, on Saturday and Sunday. He is riding a streak of five consecutive wins.

Manager Clint Hurdle left open the possibility of a second spot start being needed prior to that Aug. 23 break. Chris Leroux would be another candidate for that assignment. Following 14 relief appearances for Triple-A Indianapolis, Leroux has made two starts, allowing two runs in 11 innings.

"He's getting close to being able to help us, if need be," Hurdle said of Leroux, who missed the first 2 1/2 months of the season recovering from a strained pectoral muscle. "I'm glad he's pitching more, getting deeper. If something happened here, he's a guy who could slide into the situation Brad Lincoln jumped into."

Until going to Toronto last week in the deal for outfielder Travis Snider, Lincoln excelled as a long reliever and occasional starter.