If you’re a diehard Pirates fan you may not want to check this out tonight. It’s awful management at its’ finest. Rewind your Tivo because Evan Meek had a limp before he even threw a pitch tonight.
Back it up to the eighth inning. You will see Zach Duke doing the Pirates commercial, a Houston skyline, and a screenshot for Lovaza or some miracle drug.
The six plus images below include: Meek taking five pimp limps to the top of the bump before a live pitch was even thrown, Meek throwing with all arm action and very little push off, a pitcher grimacing in obvious pain while continually flexing his right leg.
A veteran catcher tightened his glove, which seems to be a constant habit, while his pitcher flexes his right leg, some horrid shots of trainers grimacing around the Pirates brain trust, and eventually a visit to the mound by pitching coach Ray Searage who apparently asked three yes/no questions to which Meek responded yes to each one it appeared.
Meek was left to rot. A slider was hung to Carlos Lee, who promptly deposited it into the Crawford Boxes, and the Pirates lead was gone. Meek was still left on the mound while finally Ledezma was given word to warm up.
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*Heh, it’s bad, but it’s not this bad…what teams have lost 80 games in the first 115 games of the season.