Capps may be able to pitch today
• Closer Matt Capps (elbow bruise) played catch Friday and is scheduled to throw off a mound this morning. If all goes well, he might be able to pitch in the game this afternoon, but there's no rush to get him back on the field. "With a day game, we might be a little more cautious," manager John Russell said. "If he's not 100 percent comfortable, we've got the off day Monday to get him ready to go Tuesday."
• Right-hander Jimmy Barthmaier will have reconstructive elbow surgery Tuesday and will miss the rest of the season for Triple-A Indianapolis. Dr. James Andrews will perform the operation. Barthmaier has been out since April 11.
• Shortstop Jack Wilson (sprained finger) began his three-game rehab assignment last night with Indianapolis. Wilson will be activated Tuesday from the disabled list.
• A battery of tests on right-hander Craig Hansen (neck spasms) came back negative, meaning there's no structural damage. There remains no timetable for when he will come off the DL. "It's going kind of slow," Russell said.
• Until last night, when they faced the Mets' Jonathan Niese, the Pirates had gone 15 games without seeing a left-handed starting pitcher.
• Catcher Adam Melhuse was signed as a free agent and assigned to Indianapolis. Melhuse, 37, played a combined 15 games in the majors last season for Colorado and Texas. Over eight seasons, he hit .234 with 24 homers and 98 RBI.
.321 -- Combined batting average of catchers Jason Jaramillo and Robinzon Diaz since Ryan Doumit went on the DL.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Burnett’s evolution from thrower to pitcher helps him stay on top of his game
- Pirates notebook: Ailing Mercer sore but on mend
- Cubs’ rookie third baseman Bryant helps send Pirates to defeat
- Gameday: Pirates vs. Cubs, April 21, 2015
- Pirates notebook: GM sticking to plan with Kang
- Pirates notebook: Is it time for Kang to head to Indy?
- Pirates love home cooking provided at PNC Park
- Pirates minor league report: Rapid advancement to test Tucker
- Pirates pitchers have margin for error, in mphs, and they need it
- Cole overcomes rough start as Pirates sweep Brewers
- Cubs third baseman Bryant is looking to buck MLB rookie trend