Pirates Team Notes

Pirates Team Notes

<p>RHP Kip Wells had further testing down on his right hand last week. Wells experienced numbness in his right middle finger at various points during the season and missed one start because of it. He is expected to meet with a hand specialist this week to see if surgery is necessary.

Wells also had his ailing elbow, which limited him to one start in the final two months of the season, examined by Dr. James Andrews last week. Andrews found no structural damage and prescribed rest, meaning Wells will not pitch in the Florida Instructional League as originally planned.

1B Daryle Ward will have an arthrogram taken this week to see if he needs to undergo surgery on his right wrist. Ward was bothered by a sore wrist in the final two weeks of the season, but it is not related to the right thumb injury Ward sustained in June that caused him to miss six weeks.

Ward will remain in Pittsburgh through the end of October to work on getting in better shape with conditioning coordinator Frank Velasquez.

LHP Oliver Perez struck out nine in six innings in beating Cincinnati in the season finale. Perez finished the season with 239 strikeouts, the third-highest total in Pirates history.

The club record is 276 by Bob Veale in 1965. Veale also fanned 250 in 1964.

RHP Ian Snell developed the reputation for being a cool customer as he developed into one of the top pitching prospects in the minor leagues. However, Snell admits nerves got the best of him when he made his first major league start in Philadelphia and was rocked for seven runs in five innings.

Snell was too jacked up about facing the Phillies because he grew up in nearby Wilmington, Del. Snell, though, said he learned from his rough outing and won't make that mistake again.

Stats: 147 -- Games started by C Jason Kendall this season, matching his career high set in 2000.

Quote It:  "It's always good to win the last game at home. It gives the fans a good feeling going into the offseason. Now we can say 'Go Steelers' and get ready for next year." -- SS Jack Wilson.

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