• Clint Hurdle said the club had made no plans, as of Saturday morning, for rehabbing pitcher Charlie Morton who threw a bullpen session Friday night and emerged pain free.

• The Pirates created room on the big league roster for Francisco Liriano by optioning pitcher Duke Welker to their Triple-A affiliate. Welker had joined the big league team Wednesday but hadn't pitched.

• Hurdle shared a wonderful anecdote from the time when he worked as batting coach for the Rockies. Vinny Castilla, a renowned fastball hitter, crushed a home run against Billy Wagner on a pitch measured at 100 mph. Hurdle was quite impressed, Castilla was a bit blasé, as in 100, what's the big deal? "It's not a problem," Castilla said, "until four digits."

• A note on the message board in the visiting clubhouse at Citi Field after the game Saturday read:

"Bags in lobby -- 9 a.m.

"Bus to park -- 9:30 a.m.

"And don't forget to call your mother."

Marty Noble is a national reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.