Gorzelanny not expected to miss start with back tightness

Updated: April 30, 2008, 6:08 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Tom Gorzelanny left Wednesday's 13-1 win over the New York Mets after his back tightened up. He didn't expect to miss a start.

Tom Gorzelanny

Gorzelanny

With two outs in the fifth inning, Gorzelanny's first pitch to David Wright sailed way outside. He bent over in pain, and manager John Russell and a trainer quickly came out of the dugout.

After several warm-up pitches, Gorzelanny stayed in and got Wright to ground out to end the inning, which made him eligible for a win. The Pirates led 8-0 at the time.

"I think it was the adrenaline that enabled me to get through that inning," he said. "It definitely was not the best feeling. I tried to fight it through with two outs in that inning. I wanted the win. There was no way they were going to take me out of the game."

Gorzelanny (2-3) allowed just one hit in five scoreless innings, walking five and striking out four.


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