Joel Hanrahan likely out until Friday

#Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan (tight hammy) likely not back in action until Friday.

— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) April 18, 2012


I guess it could be worse.

The Pirates’ bullpen will already be depleted due to having to pitch eight innings on Tuesday night and will now be without their best pitcher in the series finale against Arizona.

Joel Hanrahan “tweaked” his hamstring on the final pitch during his first save on Sunday in San Francisco. Juan Cruz served as the closer in Tuesday’s 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks and will probably serve the same role, if needed, on Wednesday.

James McDonald gets both the start and the task of having to go pretty deep into Wednesday’s ball game. That has not necessarily been a strength of his throughout his career.