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Pirates notebook: Cole prepared to make scheduled start

| Saturday, July 5, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole pitched five innings Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies before leaving with an apparent injury. His next scheduled start is against Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole said that he's “good to go” after leaving Friday's start with soreness in his right lat.

He was re-evaluated on Saturday after getting active on the field and playing catch.

Cole (7-4) pitched five scoreless innings Friday against the Phillies before he exited the game. It was just Cole's second start after coming off the disabled list because of right shoulder fatigue.

His next scheduled start will be Wednesday at St. Louis against right-hander Lance Lynn.

Remembering Scaife

Prior to the National Anthem, the Pirates held a moment of silence to remember Richard Mellon Scaife, who passed away Friday.

Calling him a “wonderful Pittsburgher” who supported not only politics and news but also the arts, history, sports and the community, the Pirates extended their thoughts to Scaife's children and family.

Swipes improving

The Pirates went into the day tied with the Brewers and the Mets for the third-most stolen bases in the National League with 60. They trailed the Dodgers, with 83, and the Reds, with 75.

The Pirates' 71 percent success rate, however, was fourth-lowest in the league and just barely above what manager Clint Hurdle considers acceptable.

“We're not that good. We're getting better,” Hurdle said. “I like to use a 70 percent marker as acceptable. We have speed, usable speed, and some other guys who've just become better baserunners and worked on their leads and breaks.

“We do the delayed steal, which has gotten us a few (stolen bases). We've gotten more aggressive on the dirt ball. It's a mentality we've challenged these guys with for years and it's really, I think, really taken roots this year for the entire group.”

Starling Marte leads the team and is fifth in the NL with 21 steals, followed by Andrew McCutchen with 13. Josh Harrison is third, with nine including his steal in the sixth inning on Saturday.

Fond farewell

Hurdle said he didn't have any anxiety over where former Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija might end up, but he is a big fan of the trade Friday night that sent Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the American League. Samardzija has a 4-4 record and 2.22 ERA in 20 career games against the Pirates, and is 4-2 with a 1.26 ERA in 11 games at PNC Park.

“I was like, nice move,” Hurdle said of the deal that landed Samardzija and Hammel in Oakland. “Well done.”

Pirates claim infielder

Infielder Dean Anna, who was designated for assignment by the Yankees, was claimed by the Pirates and optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Anna, 27, was on the Yankees' 2014 Opening Day roster and made his major league debut April 14.

The second baseman/shortstop appeared in 12 games with the Yankees (.136 batting average, one double, one home run, three RBI) before being optioned to Triple-A on April 24.

Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at or via Twitter @KarenPrice_Trib.

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