Good news for the Pirates, who need any good news they can find.
Second baseman Bobby Crosby will hit off a tee today and could be available to pinch-hit against the Cubs today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel writes . Crosby is expected to be available for Thursday's game.
Andy LaRoche is playing second for the Pirates today in Chicago.
Crosby was the second Pirates second baseman to collide with a right fielder in the course of four days. Friday night the team lost Neil Walker in a collision with Ryan Church and Walker has since been put on the disabled list with a concussion. Crosby collided on the same type of shallow popup on Monday, this time running into Lastings Milledge.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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