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Snider gets day off as he deals with hamstring injury

DENVER -- Pedro Alvarez's left knee injury was well-documented, but as it turns out, the Pirates were actually down two players for Friday's 8-1 loss to the Rockies.

Manager Clint Hurdle revealed Saturday that outfielder Travis Snider has been dealing with a hamstring injury since Tuesday and wasn't even available to run off the bench Friday.

Hurdle said the injury occurred when Snider attempted to lay out for the double that ended left-hander Francisco Liriano's no-hit bid in the fifth inning of Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Dodgers. Snider ended up finishing out that game, but the injury apparently worsened during the Pirates off-day Thursday.

Snider was out of the starting lineup Saturday, but Hurdle said he's made enough progress to be available off the bench.

"We were a little concerned with him yesterday, but I think he's in a better place," Hurdle said.

In 86 games this season, Snider has hit .252 (41-of-163) with five home runs, 17 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for
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