Snider scratched Saturday vs. Cards

Snider scratched Saturday vs. Cards

ST. LOUIS -- Travis Snider was a late scratch from the Pirates' lineup for Saturday afternoon's game because of what a club official described as discomfort on his right side.

"Just felt it tighten a little after my last couple of swings," Snider said of his pregame time in the batting cage. "Just a matter of listening to your body and being extra careful with those rotational muscles. So we just wanted to be cautious, take a break, let the trainers help me so I can be ready to get back out there soon."

Jose Tabata replaced Snider in right field and as the No. 2 hitter in the order against St. Louis righty Jake Westbrook.

Snider was undergoing treatment as the game began, and he was to be re-evaluated as the afternoon progressed.

The outfielder had been one of the Pirates' hottest hitters during a span in which the Bucs had won 10 of 14 games entering Saturday. Snider was batting .333 in that stretch, and he had scored nine runs.

"After he hit, he came in here [the clubhouse] to change, and it started cramping on him," manager Clint Hurdle said. "It got to the point it was problematic, so we decided to keep him out."

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