In a Minor League deal announced after the game, the Pirates acquired corner infielder Jeff Larish -- who is reporting to Triple-A Indianapolis -- from Boston in exchange for cash considerations. The 29-year-old has 101 games of Major League experience, most recently in 2010 with the A's.
Hurdle and his staff expected to know by the end of Friday's game whether Erik Bedard will be able to make his next start on Monday in Miami. Bedard got pre-game treatment for the back spasms that had forced him out of his Wednesday start, and was to test his on-field maneuverability during pre-game workouts.
Jeff Karstens' rehab for shoulder inflammation will reach a new stage next week, when he's due to throw a couple of bullpen sessions.
Joel Hanrahan remains away while on the Bereavement List in the wake of his grandmother's passing, but the closer will be in PNC Park on Saturday in more than spirit: It will be Joel Hanrahan Bobblehead Day.
The Last Word:
"Failure is never a person. It's an event." -- Hurdle's message to players on how to treat bad games and move on from them.