Pregame: Meek’s role upon return


Righty reliever Evan Meek (shoulder tendinitis) pitched without incident the past two games in his rehab stint at Triple-A Indy, and will fly back to Pittsburgh today. Meek is expected to be activated off the disabled list Tuesday before the game against Atlanta.

When Meek returns, he’ll resume pitching in high-leverage, late-inning situations — but not necessarily as the main setup guy.

“Everytime we’ve talked about easing somebody back in, I haven’t eased him back in,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “He’ll pitch toward the back of the game. We’ll probably get him involved in the seventh or if there’s a quick (eighth) inning out there. He might pitch the eighth inning; we’ll see how it goes. We haven’t really stamped anybody, and they all know it. They’re all going to pitch late. This is the best he’s felt all year. No viral issues, nothing. I want to get him on the mound and see him go to work.”

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Lineups for this afternoon’s game:

Tigers (22-23) – 1. Austin Jackson cf, 2. Scott Sizemore 2b, 3. Ryan Raburn lf, 4. Miguel Cabrera 1b, 5. Victor Martinez c, 6. Jhonny Peralta ss, 7. Brandon Inge 3b, 8. Casper Wells rf, 9. Rick Porcello rhp (3-2, 3.67)

Pirates (22-23) – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Jose Tabata lf, 3. Garrett Jones rf, 4. Neil Walker 2b, 5. Lyle Overbay 1b, 6. Steve Pearce 3b, 7. Chris Snyder c, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 9. Paul Maholm lhp (1-6, 3.67)