• Both Hurdle and Pirates starter Jeanmar Gomez were encouraged by the news that an examination of the pitcher's right arm found no ligament damage. Gomez was forced to leave his start after just one inning on Sunday with forearm tightness, and on Monday, Gomez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed and strained right forearm.
"We'll shut him down for a few days," Hurdle said. He's actually going to fly back here and join us tomorrow, won't throw for we'll see how many days. It could be three, could be four, flat-ground, bullpen. This will give us an opportunity to get him out on a rehab where he can pitch in an environment, where if there's a problem, it could not be as challenging as trying to get him back engaged here."
• Charlie Morton threw 86 pitches over 4 2/3 innings in his rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday. Morton retired nine batters in three or fewer pitches, although he did see six different three-ball counts.
"The fastball command was better, the two-seamer came into play very well, the four-seam fastball was spotted up for strikes. He used the inside," Hurdle said. "It was definitely a step forward for his focus and command from where he had been."
The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery last June and saw his rehab temporarily stalled by shoulder soreness in early May.
Eric Single is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.