• Right-hander Kyle McPherson was progressing nicely on the rehab road from Tommy John surgery -- until suffering a cracked right elbow, which required him to undergo another operation, on Wednesday.
Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery, after his earlier diagnosis that McPherson had fractured the right medial epicondle -- the location in the joint where the ulnar collateral ligament, object of the TJ surgery, attaches to the elbow.
• The Bucs went 3-6 during the 2013 regular season in Busch Stadium -- the only road park in which they played more than one series with a losing record.
• In the two games preceding Friday night's here, Pirates starting pitchers saw six runs cross the plate in three scoring innings on a total of two hits. Charlie Morton allowed his first run on Wednesday without a hit then gave up three others later on one hit, and Cumpton on Thursday gave up a two-run double after hitting a couple of Reds batters.
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. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.