Worth noting

Worth noting

• Pirates manager Clint Hurdle admitted that were this not September -- when expanded rosters make the disabled list irrelevant, the club would be "coming to a crossroads" about placing Neil Walker on the DL, as he is still limited to getting treatment five days after being sidelined by lower-back tightness.

• Starling Marte (strained right oblique) continues to pick up his activities without setback, and by Sunday the club may be able to project a date for him to go on a rehab assignment.

• Big league newcomer Brock Holt is "an interesting story," said Hurdle, who won't delay getting him into action. "He's been a topic of conversation [in the Bucs' front office] because he did so well in Altoona, then went to Indianapolis and absolutely sparkled."