Pirates shortstop Wilson to rejoin team in Cincinnati

PITTSBURGH -- Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson will spend extra time at Double-A Altoona on a rehabilitation assignment but still plans to rejoin the Pirates in Cincinnati on Tuesday.

Wilson, out of the Pittsburgh lineup with a strained left calf since April 3, hoped to return to the Pirates as early as Sunday. After talking with club officials, he asked to play additional rehab games at Altoona on Sunday and Monday to help regain his timing at the plate.

"He's feeling great, he's throwing great, he's fielding great," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "But he still wants to get his timing down."

Wilson, a former All-Star shortstop, was 4-for-12 with a double and two RBIs while making four rehab starts at Triple-A Indianapolis. He was 3-for-15 with no extra-base hits and three walks in his first five games with Altoona.

Wilson played in only three games to start the season before getting hurt.