The right-hander has thrown off flat ground each day since Wednesday. The swelling, which was the biggest issue for Meek, has subsided enough to let him grip the ball without much problem.
Though manager John Russell didn't pinpoint an exact return date, he said he expects Meek to be ready to pitch sometime during this homestand. Given that the club still has a seven-man bullpen without Meek available, the Pirates have no intention of rushing the righty's return at the cost of his health.
"Evan is doing well," Russell said. "We'll see how he progresses [on Friday] and see how he comes in [Saturday]. We're [thinking] that he should be back pitching here again sometime soon."