Notes: Wilson, Chacon happy to stay
Shortstop, pitcher glad to remain Bucs as deadline passes
PITTSBURGH -- Both Shawn Chacon and Jack Wilson agreed that having a day off on Monday proved to be very restless and very long.
Chacon spent much of the day on the phone with his agent and bracing his family for a possible move. The Pirates right-hander had even started packing up some of his things just in case. Similarly, Wilson paced around, feeling out the rumors through his agent and media members and admitted to getting very little sleep.
So, as the two stood in the clubhouse shortly after the 4:00 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline passed, they both showed relief and some surprise that they hadn't been called into Jim Tracy's office to hear that they had been traded.
"This is my first time going through this, so I'm not exactly sure how it works," Chacon said. "But talking to my agent, he said the odds were 60-40 that I would be traded. I thought those were pretty good odds."
Those odds circled around the fact that Pirates management had not yet acted on Chacon's request to start discussing a contract extension. Chacon, who will be a free agent after the season, had made it known that he wants to stay in Pittsburgh but hadn't received confirmation that the Pirates wanted him to stay. The fact that it took the most prominent right-hander reliever on the market (Eric Gagne) up until the deadline to be dealt may have been one contributing factor to Chacon not garnering the same type of interest from teams looking for a pitching upgrade.
Wilson's name circulated much more as the clock ticked, and as late as Tuesday afternoon, there were reports that Detroit was trying to work a deal to land the shortstop and possibly one of the trio of relievers -- Chacon, Damaso Marte or Salomon Torres -- that had been coveted by numerous teams.
It appears that differences on how much of Wilson's contract both teams would cover ended up being the deal breaker.
"It excites anybody," Wilson said of the prospect of going to a potentially playoff-bound team. "Obviously, I signed up to be a Pirate and that's what I intend to stay true to. But any time you can go to a contender, you can't help but be excited. But I'm still excited to be a Pirate."
Both Chacon and Wilson said that they are glad that the "what if" distraction has passed and that they can put their complete focus back to on-the-field matters. Wilson will likely have to deal with trade rumors throughout the off-season due to his contract and a logjam at shortstop after the Pirates acquired Cesar Izturis.
As for Chacon, he said that he still hopes to begin contract talks with the club before the season ends.
Bautista coming back: Third baseman Jose Bautista will rejoin the Pirates on Wednesday after assuring the Pirates that his hand is fully healed and that there is no discomfort when swinging the bat.
The third baseman, who was eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, has been out since July 14 when he suffered a laceration to his left hand sliding into third base. Bautista has been in Bradenton, Fla., and played third in a Gulf Coast League game on Monday, going 2-for-4 with a double.
Gorzo good to go: Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny threw a successful bullpen session on Monday and appears ready to make his scheduled start on Saturday. Gorzelanny, who missed his last start due to stiffness in his left shoulder, threw long toss on Tuesday and is scheduled to throw another bullpen session on Wednesday.
Number swap: No. 3 was at third base on Tuesday night and not in his usual centerfield spot. That's because the Matt Morris-Rajai Davis deal wasn't the only one made on Tuesday.
Before Tuesday's game, Nate McLouth agreed to give up his No. 3 jersey to Cesar Izturis and take No. 13 instead. Izturis has worn No. 3 since his days back in Los Angeles and had inquired about reclaiming the number upon arriving in Pittsburgh. McLouth said he "happily handed it over to him."
The new number is the third different one McLouth has worn this season, actually the fourth if you count No. 42, which the entire team wore in a game earlier this season to honor Jackie Robinson. McLouth started the season as No. 49 before switching to No. 3 because he wanted a lower number.
Neither player would relinquish the details of the small price Izturis paid for the jersey number, though McLouth joked that he might get into the number-trading business more often.
"I'm not too superstitious," the centerfielder said. "Maybe [I can] just strategically drive up the price. Maybe I'll be the first one to wear 100."
Pearce promoted: After batting .334 and racking up 72 RBIs in 81 games for Double-A Altoona, highly touted first baseman Steve Pearce earned a promotion on Sunday to Triple-A Indianapolis.
"I'm very pleased, and it's a very exciting feeling," said Pearce, who started the season with Class A Lynchburg. "It's a goal of mine, and I said it at the beginning of this year -- I want to keep moving up and I want to move up as quickly as possible. The big leagues are the goal."
There's a good chance that the goal may be realized before the end of the season, with a September call-up now seeming more likely. In the 100 games Pearce has played in both Lynchburg and Altoona, the first baseman has hit 25 home runs and posted a Minor-League best 96 RBIs.
On deck: The Pirates will take the field against the Cardinals again on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. ET at PNC Park. RHP Tony Armas (0-3, 6.93 ERA) will be making his return to the rotation and will face RHP Braden Looper (8-8, 4.85).
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.