Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates rained out

The Associated Press

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays' spring training game at the Pittsburgh Pirates was rained out Thursday.

The game will not be made up.


The Blue Jays returned to their camp in Dunedin without announcing revised pitching plans. Left-hander Mark Buerhle was scheduled to start Thursday on six days' rest and it is not likely manager John Gibbons will want him to wait past Friday for his next outing.

Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole, slated to start against Toronto, will pitch against Minnesota in a ''B'' game Friday morning. Cole allowed two runs in two innings against the Blue Jays in his initial outing on Feb. 28.


Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke does not expect to miss much time due to tightness in his right oblique. Locke felt what he said felt like ''a continuous little pull'' during his last bullpen session and was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday.

''It's very minor. We'll take a few days and re-evaluate,'' Locke said. ''It's funny. I was just out there throwing normally. It could be I was coming out of my turn quick. It could be I didn't stretch enough.''

Locke was an All-Star last year but didn't pitch due to a back injury. He struggled in the second half - at one point he was sent to Double-A - and finished 10-7 with a 3.52 ERA. He is battling Edinson Volquez for the No. 5 spot in the rotation.

''From what I've heard from the training staff, it's something that if we don't take care of it now, it could be six to eight weeks later,'' Locke said. ''That's something I can't afford.''


Pedro Alvarez has started five of Pittsburgh's first eight games and is tied with Gregory Polanco for the team lead with 15-bats.

''There's a reason for it,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ''We're trying to bundle at-bats differently for all these guys and give them an opportunity to find some rhythm. The only guys who haven't played back-to-back games are (Andrew) McCutchen and (Russell) Martin, and that's by design too.''

In spring traininng last year, Alvarez hit .241 with two homers in 54 at-bats. In 2012, he hit .170 with two homers in 53 at-bats.

''Pedro's spring trainings have been challenging,'' Hurdle said. ''Obviously, the season can turn out different, but nobody likes to have to battle for an extended period. If we can give him some help along the way, like by giving him (lots) of at-bats in a short period of time, that's what we'll do.''

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.
    • Vin Scully returns to Dodger Stadium as NLCS spectator

      Vin Scully returns to Dodger Stadium as NLCS spectator

      LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Vin Scully has returned to Dodger Stadium for the first time since ending his 67-year career behind the microphone. … More »

      AP - Sports - 5 minutes ago
    • 'Wild Thing' offers to throw out ceremonial first pitch

      Wild Thing is warming up for the Indians. Actor Charlie Sheen, who played the bespectacled Ricky ''Wild Thing'' Vaughn in the movie ''Major League,'' has offered to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before one of this year's World Series games. … More »

      AP - Sports - 7 minutes ago
    • Kershaw offered to pitch Game 5, denied

      Kershaw offered to pitch Game 5, denied

      Clayton Kershaw offered to pitch on short rest again in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but was turned down in favor of starting Game 6 on Saturday against the Cubs in Chicago. The series was tied 2-all going into … More »

      AP - Sports - 38 minutes ago
    • Jetty in Fernandez crash to be examined

      U.S. Coast Guard officials say they'll examine lighting on the Miami Beach jetty involved in a boat crash that killed Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two other men last month. Rear Admiral Paul Thomas said in a letter this week to U.S. … More »

      AP - Sports - 1 hour 14 minutes ago
    • Cleveland's fairytale year gets better as Indians in Series

      Cleveland, yes, Cleveland, a city kicked around for years and where sports heartbreak was engrained in the collective DNA of generations of fans and misery was a fumble or John Elway touchdown pass away, is on deck for another title celebration. … More »

      AP - Sports - 1 hour 46 minutes ago