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Casey Out 6-8 Weeks

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Sean Casey is out six to eight weeks with two back fractures, ESPN reports. The Pirates purchased the contract of utilityman Mike Edwards to take Casey's roster spot. Because Edwards was not on the 40-man roster, the Bucs moved Kip Wells to the 60-day DL, despite recent news that his recovery was going well. It appears he indeed won't be back before midseason; the Bucs put him on the DL on April 3, so I think the earliest he could come back would be early June.

Calling up Edwards seems like the right move, given that Jim Tracy won't be tempted to actually play him. (Edwards got a boatload of at bats last year for Tracy's Dodgers and was actually something like their Ryan Vogelsong: when Edwards played, the Dodgers would lose. As of August 8, 2005, the Dodgers were 12-28 in games he started. I'm not saying correlation equaled causation, of course, but Edwards was horrible.)

Anyway, given that Tracy recognizes that the Bucs have a bunch of better outfield options than Edwards, I'd rather have him at the end of my bench than Ray Sadler, who hasn't even really hit Class AAA pitching yet. And if this is just an end-of-the-bench job, I'd rather have Adam Boeve stay in the minors.

More to the point, since the Bucs called up Edwards instead of Brad Eldred, Craig Wilson is their only credible option at first base right now. Jose Hernandez can play there, but surely Tracy's not going to do that very often. So we're going to see a whole lot of Wilson in the next two months. Hopefully, he'll hit so well that the Bucs won't be able to bench him anymore.