Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Brad Eldred Homers; Craig Wilson Replaces Casey

Brad Eldred, a top prospect coveted last fall as the anticipated starting first baseman for Pittsburgh this year, hit three homers in two games for triple A Indianapolis but remained blocked from returning to Pittsburgh even as regular first baseman Sean Casey missed time for the parent club. Eldred, who until now had been having a slow start, was sent down during spring training due to the Buc's acquisition Casey from the Reds. Casey, meanwhile, was replaced in the lineup in Tuesday's game with the Dodgers after complaining of sore ribs, but was replaced by veteran Craig Wilson. Wilson, who is on the trading block, hit a towering homer off LA's Lance Carter in the sixth inning. If Wilson is traded chances are Eldred would win time in the event of another injury to Casey, though management would prefer Eldred be held back for more seasoning.