Worth noting

• The Pirates have come to terms with the 24 pre-arbitration players on their 40-man Major League rosters. Those entering the fold include:

Pitchers Gerrit Cole, Brandon Cumpton, Jeanmar Gomez, Jared Hughes, Phil Irwin, Jeff Locke, Bryan Morris, Andy Oliver, Stolmy Pimentel, Joely Rodriguez, Casey Sadler, Tony Watson, Duke Welker and Justin Wilson; catcher Tony Sanchez; infielders Chase d'Arnaud, Alen Hanson, Josh Harrison, Andrew Lambo, Chris McGuiness, Jordy Mercer and Brent Morel; and outfielders Decker, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco.

• Those thin strips often seen attached to the torsos of aching Pirates players are known as Kinesio Tape -- elastic cotton therapeutic strips with an acrylic adhesive that hasten healing from strained muscles and such by stimulating increased blood flow.

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.