Worth noting

Worth noting

• Cuddyer was not with the team for the second straight game Friday because of a family situation, but manager Walt Weiss said the All-Star is expected to return for Saturday night's game in Pittsburgh.

• Right-handed starter Eddie Butler, the Rockies' supplemental first-round Draft pick in 2012, was promoted to Double-A Tulsa after strong work with Class A Asheville and Class A Advanced Modesto, Baseball America Magazine reported Friday.

• Monfort; several club officials, including senior vice president of Major League operations Bill Geivett; and some players, infielder Jonathan Herrera and catcher Wilin Rosario among them, will go to the Dominican Republic during Monday's off-day for official ceremonies commemorating the opening of the team's new training center outside of Boca Chica. Monfort said the Rockies studied the facilities of other teams and took the best from each in terms of fields, living quarters and classroom training setups.

• Escalona not only gave up five runs on four hits and a walk in one-third of an inning in Thursday's 11-2 loss to the Braves, but he was smoked on the left calf with a line drive. Escalona was limping noticeably around the PNC Park clubhouse Friday and it was doubtful he'd be available against the Pirates.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.