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Wells could return to Pirates as early as Tuesday

Updated: June 17, 2006, 9:07 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Kip Wells was supposed to be out of the Pittsburgh Pirates' rotation until the All-Star break. He could return as early as Tuesday.

With right-hander Victor Santos (4-7, 4.83 ERA) bothered by a split fingernail and blister on his right middle finger, manager Jim Tracy is weighing whether to start Wells or minor league left-hander Tom Gorzelanny against the Kansas City Royals.

The Pirates have used only five starting pitchers all season -- Santos, Ian Snell and ...

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