CINCINNATI -- Shortly before the start of Wednesday night's game against the Reds, third baseman Pedro Alvarez was scratched from the Pirates' lineup. His right wrist was not feeling right.
A few hours later, it became clear how wrong that wrist felt: Manager Clint Hurdle could not even use Alvarez off the bench in a one-run game with a right-handed reliever on the mound.
After left-handed hitter Jeff Clement delivered a two-out pinch single off J.J. Hoover, righty-hitting Jose Tabata pinch-hit and fanned to end the 2-1 loss.
"It just started bothering me about 1:30 this afternoon," said Alvarez, holding up his heavily bandaged right wrist. "I have no idea what's going on. We'll take another look at it [Thursday, an off-day] and maybe have a better idea."
"Pedro was unavailable," Hurdle confirmed. "He's not sure how he hurt the wrist. He just showed up at the park and complained that his wrist felt funny. The trainer worked on him a bit and he tried to hit in the cage, but it didn't respond at all. He could do everything but swing the bat."