Daniel Cabrera (1.89 ERA in his last three starts) has joined lefty Jo-Jo Reyes (5-1, 2.01) as Major League vets putting up nice numbers with Triple-A Indianapolis. If there continues to be no room or need for them in Pittsburgh, GM Neal Huntington suggested they are more likely to be released to seek spots elsewhere than get dealt.
"The trade value there is limited; those guys [vets on the comeback trail] typically don't bring you a lot in return," Huntington said. "You don't want to hold somebody hostage, so if there isn't a great opportunity for them here, the right thing to do is try to place them elsewhere."
Jeff Karstens' rehab start on Monday in Double-A Altoona has been set for either 45 pitches or three innings. It will be the right-hander's first competitive outing since going on the DL with shoulder inflammation on April 18.
Chris Leroux (strained pectoral muscle) sailed through a 31-pitch bullpen session early Saturday and is scheduled to throw another early next week.