"It's the next step for him," said Hurdle. "It will be more important to re-evaluate him the day after he throws. We're still very optimistic."
• Charlie Morton, making a steady recovery from his Tommy John surgery, anticipates pitching live batting practice in about 10 days. Facing batters for the first time will be a significant step on the comeback road from the June 14 operation on his right elbow.
• The Pirates did not rush into their decision to sign Jose Contreras and take a chance on the right-hander, who had his own Tommy John surgery on June 20. Contreras first threw in front of team brass in January in Pirate City.
• Lefty Francisco Liriano continues to play "one-armed" catch and anticipates being able to shed the brace from his broken right arm in a week.
• Former Pirates outfielder Nate McLouth was not on the Orioles' travel roster for Tuesday's game -- but Yamaico Navarro, who had 50 at-bats with the Bucs last season, was.