Zach Duke gets tasked with following up last night’s 11-inning marathon, meaning he’s got to do his best to keep the bullpen out of the game. He’ll have a little help in Evan Meek’s arrival in San Diego, as Craig Hansen was placed on the DL earlier today and Meek has apparently made it to Petco with plenty of time to be ready for tonight’s game. That’s good news because Donnie Veal was the only other reliever not used in last night’s game.
Duke’s facing Shawn Hill and the Pirates are again without the services of Nate McLouth, as they’re playing it safe with his oblique injury and hope to avoid the DL. That means Craig Monroe in the outfield tonight and batting in the three spot. Gulp.