• Jeff Karstens (shoulder inflammation) was scheduled to throw two innings on Wednesday in extended spring camp.
• Lefties Jeff Locke and Wandy Rodriguez will have a chance to literally strike a blow for fans savings in the first two games of the upcoming series with the Mets in New York. For every Pirates strikeout in those two games -- by the whole staff, not just the starters -- a dollar will be discounted off the price of lower-outfield and outfield box seats for May 13-17 PNC Park games against Milwaukee and Houston.
That tote board will be cumulative. So if the Bucs keep up with their per-game average of eight strikeouts to total 16 in those two, $32 lower-outfield boxes would go for $16 and $28 outfield boxes for $12 for the five home games in question.
• The Pirates on Wednesday unconditionally released left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, who had been designated for assignment on April 28.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.