• Cole doesn't appear to have any lingering issues from the Howie Kendrick smash off his left thigh Friday night. The ice pack was gone and he said, "I went through the workouts without problems. It's good."
• Andrew McCutchen is the recipient of the first custom pair of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, personalized in Pirates colors and "Cutch" logos. According to a company spokesman, McCutchen was chosen for the first of what will be a series for athletes "because to us he is the face of the new generation of players."
There may be one consequence: Given everything else Cole has gone through in his fast-paced 10-day introduction to the Majors, Hurdle is leaning toward giving him a couple of extra days between starts and having him pitch the June 28 homestand opener against Milwaukee, instead of Wednesday's game in Seattle. A decision on that will be made Sunday.
• The rehab assignment of Jose Tabata (left oblique strain) calls for him to get in about 25 at-bats at Triple-A before the club reevaluates his status.
• In Friday night's game, Mercer became the first Pittsburgh shortstop with an offensive line of two runs, two RBIs and a stolen base since his current batting coach, Jay Bell, who did it on July 1, 1990, in San Francisco's Candlestick Park.
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