Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Brad Eldred Will Miss Time After Thumb Surgery

Pittsburgh prospect Brad Eldred, the Pirates' minor league backup to acting first baseman Craig Wilson until starter Sean Casey returns from disabled status, broke his thumb playing for AAA Indianapolis and will be out indefinitely. The 25-year-old Eldred will require several weeks to recover from surgery to repair a fracture and dislocation. Eldred had been part of wide speculation in Chicago that he would be called up to Pittsburgh if the Cubs traded to acquire Wilson as a replacement for injured superstar Derrick Lee. But the point is moot as the Cubs have made it clear no trade is forthcoming.