Right-hander looks to new meds for relief

Updated: June 18, 2004, 8:38 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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