Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Leroux's Roster Status Put on Hold until June

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Leroux's Roster Status Put on Hold until June

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Pirates reliever Chris Leroux said the MRI on his injured right arm was worse than team doctors initially anticipated, which prompted his placement Wednesday on the 60-day disabled list.

Leroux said the injury -- which the team called a strained right pectoral muscle -- happened in a spring training relief appearance Tuesday night in Philadelphia. He said it occurred on a pitch to Phillies outfielder John Mayberry Jr., who reached first on a fielding error.

"It probably got a little numb, because it was so painful," Leroux said. "I just stopped feeling it."

Leroux finished the inning, came out for a second, but was pulled three batters in after failing to record an out.

Leroux said he will not be able to throw for four to six weeks but hopes to return by June.

"Fresh and ready to go," he said. "Ready to help a team that's hopefully contending."

Team doctors initially believed the injury was a grade-one strain, but the MRI revealed a grade-two strain, meaning the muscle tear was more significant.

The silver lining in Leroux's injury is that it allowed the Pirates to add Juan Cruz to the 40-man roster without the risk of losing a player to waivers. Leroux is out of options, and, had he not made the 25-man roster, he would have been subject to waivers.

With Leroux on the 60-day disabled list, that decision will be delayed.

Another new battery

The opening day battery of Erik Bedard and Rod Barajas was the Pirates' 14th different opening day battery combination in the past 14 seasons. The Phillies, meanwhile, trotted out Roy Halladay and catcher Carlos Ruiz for the third consecutive season.

Francisco Cordova pitched to Jason Kendall on opening day in 1998 and '99, but since then no pitcher-catcher combination has appeared more than once on opening day for the Pirates. In that span, they have used batteries such as Zach Duke and Ronny Paulino in 2007 and Oliver Perez and Humberto Cota in '06. …

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