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Pirates begin discussions on trade deadline

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that management will meet Wednesday to start talking about its needs and what moves the team might make in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"We're just trying to be smart with the moves we make," Hurdle said. "We want to make sure we bring in a good skill-set that fits in the clubhouse as well."

Hurdle also acknowledged Tuesday that, with 10 players on the disabled list, getting some guys back healthy could add to the club without having to look outside the organization.

"If you want to look at third base, it'd be nice to have the Pedro Alvarez that you saw last year in August and September back at third base," he said. "That would make us a dramatically different ball club right away. Whether (Ross) Ohlendorf gets healthy, where he would fit. ... (Joe) Beimel would definitely help in the bullpen. We have a number of guys who, upon health, would help us."

» Ohlendorf threw a three-inning, 45-pitch simulated game Monday at Pirate City without issue, according to the team. The right-hander is on the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder posterior strain.

» Beimel (left elbow inflammation) was back in the Pirates clubhouse Tuesday and will make three starts with Double-A Altoona before joining the team after the All-Star break, if all goes well.

"His first two rehab outings have gone well," Hurdle said. "We'll push him back out and see where that takes us. His veteran experience is going to help, and I'm looking forward to plugging him back into that bullpen."

» Left fielder Jose Tabata said Tuesday that he's feeling a "little better" and is still targeting a return after the All-Star break.

"It's a little frustrating, but it's baseball. Anything can happen," Tabata said.

Tabata was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 27 with a left quad strain. He did some light running Monday and planned to take batting practice yesterday. He is expected to go on a minor league rehab assignment before returning to the majors.

» All-Star Joel Hanrahan was named June's Delivery Man of the Month on Tuesday. The award, which is presented by Major League Baseball and shipping company DHL, is given to baseball's best reliever.

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