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Notebook: Perez schedule for third workout

| Thursday, March 3, 2005 12:00 a.m

Left-hander Oliver Perez will begin throwing his slider today when he throws for 12 minutes off a mound. It will be Perez’s third pitching session since he missed the first 10 days of camp with stiffness in his left shoulder. Perez threw strictly fastballs in his first session, and began mixing in his changeup in his second. Most other pitchers in camp threw three times off the mound before facing hitters in batting practice. Pitching coach Spin Williams , however, said Perez may pitch off the mound one extra time before facing hitters. Williams added that Perez won’t skip any batting practice sessions and go directly into game competition. “He’s got to face hitters before he goes out there,” Williams said.

  • Non-roster right-hander Kirk Bullinger continues to progress from a mild hamstring injury. He threw nine minutes of batting practice Wednesday and is almost ready to pitch in a game. Non-roster right-hander Joe Roa , who has thrown only once this spring because of a lower back injury, played catch from 120 feet yesterday. He’ll be re-evaluated after taking today off.

  • Edwards Guzman was the offensive star in the Pirates’ 12-0 victory over Manatee Community College yesterday. Guzman, a non-roster catcher/third baseman, drove in five runs and blew the game open with a grand slam in the seventh inning. Outfield prospect Nate McLouth went 3 for 3 and scored a run. Catcher Neil Walker, the team’s first-round draft pick last year, went 2 for 3 with an RBI.

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