Worth noting

• Because of their workloads during the weekend, Jason Grilli, Tony Watson and Jeanmar Gomez were all not available out of the bullpen Monday night, with Brian Morris only a "maybe."

Jordy Mercer (right ankle) again was available off the bench, but still not able to return to shortstop.

"He can run in a straight line, or even on the bases. But movements in the field are still a little limited," Hurdle said. "He's closer. We'll know more tomorrow, after we run him harder [in workouts]."

• The Pirates' bench entered Monday's game leading the NL with 11 pinch-hits and 10 pinch-hit RBIs. In the previous four games, Pittsburgh pinch-hitters were 5-for-9, with a homer and five RBIs.

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