Worth noting

Gerrit Cole's throwing program as he works his way back from a sore lat: He threw on flat-ground on Sunday, will rest on Monday, then flat-ground throwing also on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a 20-25 pitch bullpen on Thursday. The Pirates will determine the next step after that side session.

Starling Marte (bereavement list) is expected to rejoin the club on Wednesday. His mother-in-law's funeral was Friday, and he will also attend a mass on Tuesday before returning to prepare for Friday's start of second-half play.

Matt Hague was optioned back to Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday morning, clearing roster space for Liriano, activated off the DL to start against the Reds.

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