Pirates pierogi racer rehired

PITTSBURGH -- The pierogi is back, but the Pittsburgh Pirates say it's not because anybody turned up the heat.

Pirates communications director Brian Warecki says the team has rehired 24-year-old Andrew Kurtz, who earns $25 per night to race around the stadium in a pierogi costume.

Kurtz was fired last week after using the Internet to criticize contract extensions given to general manager Neal Huntington and manager John Russell.

Warecki says Kurtz was rehired Saturday because he had not been dismissed in accordance with company procedures.

Warecki says team management learned of the firing on Friday and promptly offered Kurtz his job back because he shouldn't have been terminated in the first place.

He says bad publicity played no part in the decision.