Notebook: Bucs conduct workout at PNC Park
The Pirates worked out for an hour last night at PNC Park, and most of the players were in attendance. Excused from the workout were All-Stars Jason Bay and Freddy Sanchez, giving them two days of rest after Tuesday's game. Pitchers Tom Gorzelanny and Ian Snell were slowed by delayed flights and were not available when the workout began. Manager Jim Tracy said Gorzelanny and Snell would throw in the bullpen once they reported.
• Right-hander Victor Santos participated in the work. He will be activated from the disabled list in time for the second-half opener against the Washington Nationals but will be used out of the bullpen. Santos went 4-7 with 4.83 ERA in 14 starts and one relief appearance before injuring his shoulder in June. Santos will work middle and long relief, taking over the role of Jonah Bayliss, who was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday.
• Zach Duke gets the rare assignment of starting in consecutive games, albeit sandwiched around a four-day layoff. Duke started Sunday, the final game before the All-Star break, and he'll start tonight against the Nationals.
"It's weird to see that it's two games in a row," Duke said.
Duke, who remained in Pittsburgh during the break, prepped for his start by throwing off the mound Wednesday morning at PNC Park.