Right-hander looks to new meds for relief

PITTSBURGH -- Pirates right-hander Kip Wells will miss his
scheduled start Saturday against Seattle because of irritation in
the middle finger on his pitching hand.

Wells complained of numbness in the finger during his last two
starts. He didn't last five innings in either start, and is 1-4 in
his last 10 starts. Wells is 3-5 with a 5.25 ERA overall.

The Pirates decided it wasn't necessary for Wells to go on the
disabled list after he met with two hand specialists, one in
Pittsburgh and the other Friday at Wake Forest University.

"We're going to try some new medication, and he'll resume
throwing this weekend," general manager Dave Littlefield said.
"There's some irritation ... and they hope the medication will
solve the problem."

The Pirates hope Wells can make his next start next week.

Left-hander Sean Burnett will be recalled from Triple-A
Nashville to make his second spot start.

Burnett allowed one run in five innings May 30 against the
Chicago Cubs, a 12-1 loss in which he didn't figure in the
decision. He's 1-5 with a 5.36 ERA at Nashville.