- Associated Press - Saturday, July 23, 2011

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Pirates rookie outfielder and leadoff hitter Alex Presley was scratched from the lineup for Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals due to a left thumb contusion.

Presley, who is hitting .333 and has hit safely in 15 of his 20 games, said he jammed the thumb in Friday night’s loss to St. Louis and is having trouble swinging. Presley said x-rays were not scheduled to be taken.

Third baseman Chase d’Arnaud replaced Presley in the lineup, creating a domino effect of three other players switching positions.

This series is one of the biggest in PNC Park’s 11-year history. The Pirates (51-46) haven’t had a winning record since 1992 but are tied with Cardinals a game behind Milwaukee in the NL Central.

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