Bucs likely to call Triple-A for Monday's starter

Bucs likely to call Triple-A for Monday's starter

ST. LOUIS -- The Pirates' 6-3, 19-inning win over the Cardinals on Sunday had everything -- including their scheduled starter for Monday.

Wandy Rodriguez, who had been slated to open up a three-game series in San Diego in search of his first win with the Bucs, instead pocketed that victory by pitching the final two innings of Sunday's marathon triumph.

"You never wake up in the morning thinking, 'I can't wait to get tomorrow's starter in the game today,'" said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who indicated it was too premature to speculate about who might take Rodriguez's place.

Pittsburgh will have to scramble for someone to take the hill at Petco Park. Right-hander Kevin Correia -- who was originally Monday's scheduled starter prior to the club's decision to revert to a five-man rotation, also put in a two-inning stint on Sunday.

In the most likely scenario, the Pirates will reach down to Triple-A Indianapolis for someone to make a spot start. Infielder Jordy Mercer will be going on paternity leave -- he has already left the club to join his wife for the Monday birth of their first child -- but his roster spot was expected to be filled by reliever Chad Qualls, due back from the bereavement list.

The Pirates may opt to make an additional move, and recall either Chris Leroux or Justin Wilson from Indianapolis for Monday night's start.