Doumit Frustrated

Pirates catcher/first baseman Ryan Doumit has been bothered by a left hamstring injury since May 5. He was the Pirates designated hitter in the three-game series in Cleveland.

He still isn't able to catch, but there's a possibility he could play some first base during the series in Phoenix.

Doumit worked out at first base Saturday and Sunday in the cool temperatures at Jacobs Field and should be able to expand his workouts in much warmer Phoenix.

George Von Benko spoke we Doumit recently.

GVB-- Did you like getting back in the lineup as a DH?

RD-- Not particulary, but it's a chance for me to get in the line-up and play, so I'm happy about it. I'm amped to be back in the lineup. I'm just happy to have a chance to contribute again.

GVB-- The injury has got to be frustrating for you?

RD-- It's definately frustrating. You always want to be out there helping contribute and a it's been a minor setback, but it's getting better and I'm anxious to get out there.

GVB-- Manager Jim Tracy said he felt you weren't quite where you wanted to be health wise.

RD I think that I'm a little farther along than they think that I am, but things like this you have to be really careful. Hamstrings are tricky and it will hamper a guy for awhile. I think they are being extra cautious, but I think I'm ready to go.

GVB Are things starting to perk up offensively for this club?

RD-- Absolutely! I think things are starting to come along. It seems like the story of our life this year has been we get the pitching and not the hitting and then we get the hitting and not the pitching. I think we're starting to get the combination of both and I think that we're starting to turn it around.

GVB Even with the rough start I sense a good feeling in this clubhouse.

RD-- We've got a great group of guys here and we've got a lot of talent on this team. The bottom line is our record doesn't indicate the way we feel about the way the season's gone. We had a lot of one-run losses, but we know we're capable of doing it and we're still confident in what we can do.

GVB-- You've been a catcher your whole career - how do you feel about playing first base?

RD-- I'll play where ever they want as long as I get in the line-up and get the opportunity to contribute. I'll play where ever they want.

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