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May 29, 2009

Pirates Notebook: Doumit gets clearance to begin exercises

PITTSBURGH — Ryan Doumit will need an aide today when he warms up a pitcher for the first time in more than a month but he won’t be complaining.

“I can’t even begin to tell you how tough it’s been to sit and not be able to do anything for a month,” the Pirates catcher said Friday night before the opener of a three-game series against the Houston Astros at PNC Park.

Doumit has received clearance to begin range-of-motion exercises with his right wrist, which he fractured April 20 while swinging at a pitch. While he can warm up pitchers, he won’t be allowed to throw the ball back.

Doumit was examined Thursday by hand specialist Mark Baratz, who performed surgery on the wrist at Allegheny General Hospital.

“I think he was more excited about the way it’s healing than I was,” Doumit said with a smile. “He said everything is going well and there is no reason to believe anything will change. It was good to hear. The sooner I can get back to playing the better it will be because if it were up to me I’d go out there and try to play right now.”

Doumit won’t be playing for at least a few more weeks since he isn’t scheduled to be examined by Baratz again until June 15.

At that time, Baratz could clear Doumit to begin a minor-league injury rehabilitation assignment that would put him on a path to return to the active roster.

Rookies Jason Jaramillo and Robinzon Diaz have performed admirably in Doumit’s absence, combining to hit .298 in the 35 games he has missed. Diaz has hit .327 in his 15 starts during that span and Jaramillo has hit .273 with eight doubles and five RBIs in 20 starts.

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