RHP Jeff Karstens (shoulder), who left his rehab start last night with Triple-A Indy due to tightness in his right groin, is having an MRI exam today. Karstens threw 63 pitches in 4 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on three hits. I’ll have more information later, if the Pirates choose to reveal any.
»»» Manager Clint Hurdle said he expected everyone in the bullpen will be available tonight against the Royals. The Pirates used six relievers yesterday in the 10-inning victory against the Reds, but Jared Hughes is the only one who’s worked the past two nights. “He’s gone three before,” Hurdle said. “I’ll use him (tonight) if it makes sense.”
»»» Last night was the Pirates’ 15th come-from-behind win. The only teams in the majors with more are the Marlins (21), Yankees (16) and Rays (16). Will the comeback have any emotional or tangible carryover? “Watch us play tonight and see where it goes,” Hurdle said. “I’ve seen it spark something and I’ve seen the next night go like, ‘How come we can’t do that again?’ A lot will have to do with (Erik) Bedard’s outing. But I know we felt good walking out of (Great American Ball Park). We’re looking forward to this weekend at home.”
»»» Indy C Kris Watts was traded to the Nationals organization for cash. Also, Indy activated reliever Dan Moskos from the DL.
Game 57: Royals @ Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET
Royals (24-31): 1. Alex Gordon lf, 2. Yuniesky Betancourt 2b, 3. Billy Butler 1b, 4. Mike Moustakas 3b, 5. Jeff Francoeur cf, 6. Eric Hosmer rf, 7. Alicedes Escobar ss, 8. Humberto Quintero c, 9. Luke Hochevar rhp (3-6, 6.63)
Pirates (29-27): 1. Alex Presley lf, 2. Neil Walker 2b , 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones 1b, 5. Pedro Alvarz 3b, 6. Jose Tabata rf, 7. Rod Barajas c, 8. Clint Barmes ss, 9. Erik Bedard lhp (3-6, 3.72)