PITTSBURGH - Brandon Lyon made more pitches in one inning Wednesday than he did in his week with Pittsburgh in 2003. It’s a long story.
Lyon did not pick up a ball, put on a uniform or set foot on the field back then, although he knows the workout room at PNC Park like the back of his hand.
It takes a bit of sifting to find it, but Lyon spent a week as a member of the Pirates in 2003, traded from Boston to Pittsburgh and then back again after a medical dispute about his right elbow.
“Was I? I don’t remember,’’ Lyon joked before Wednesday’s game. “It was kind of a weird deal.’’
After Lyon was traded to the Pirates on July 25, Pittsburgh’s medical staff conducted an arthrogram MRI and found what it believed was fraying tendons in his right elbow. The Pirates immediately placed him on the disabled list and notified the Red Sox they were disputing the deal.
The situation was resolved when the Red Sox reacquired Lyon and Jeff Suppan for Mike Gonzalez and Freddy Sanchez at the July 31 trading deadline.
Lyon was in a virtually vacant clubhouse — the Pirates were on the road — when he heard about the deal on TV.
“I was in the dark. I just waited for them to decide what they were going to do,’’ Lyon said.
“It was kind of weird to go back to Boston after they had traded me away, but things work out for a reason. I’m happy about the move, and happy about playing here’’ after the Red Sox sent him to the D-Backs in the Curt Schilling deal that winter.
With four left-handed hitters in the everyday lineup, the D-Backs would seem to offer an inviting target to an opposing manager looking to start a left-hander, but it has not worked out that way.
The D-Backs have won seven of the 12 games lefthanders have started against them after stopping the Pirates on Wednesday, and their left-handed hitters have played a big role.
Craig Counsell is hitting .367 against lefties, Shawn Green is hitting .341 and Chad Tracy is at .333. Only Luis Gonzalez (.163) is off to a slow start.
“Every manager is going to make you face a lefty when in doubt,’’ Counsell said. “But if we can continue to produce, it benefits everybody.’’
Only St. Louis (14) and Pittsburgh (13) have faced more lefties. Only Cincinnati (nine) and the Cardinals (eight) have more victories in games started by lefties.
“There are just certain teams out there, and this is one of them, that have a lot of them,’’ said Melvin, who does not believe teams are stacking their lefties to face the D-Backs.
The D-Backs will face lefties in the next two games, Pittsburgh’s Oliver Perez today and St. Louis’ Mark Mulder in the first game of a three-game series Friday.
“I’ve always hit lefties in my minor league career,’’ Tracy said. “Now that I am starting to see them, I am getting more comfortable every at-bat.’’
Brandon Webb is scheduled to appear on ESPN2’s “Cold Pizza” at 8:07 a.m. (Arizona time) today. . . . The D-Backs are 6-0 in Wednesday games this season. . . . Chris Snyder is expected to start at catcher today, the second time he will be paired with Juan Cruz. The first time, Cruz gave up two hits and did not walk a batter in five innings of a no-decision at San Francisco.