03/13/2013 8:07 PM ET
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
• There is a reason Tony Watson hasn't appeared in a game since Feb. 28, and it is not physical: He's been working on some major mechanical adjustments in side sessions, and still may be three or four days from resurfacing.
"With the body of work he's been doing, we just felt this is the time to recreate some stuff, to get him to a good place, ready to go," Hurdle said.
• Team Canada pitchers Jameson Taillon and Chris Leroux returned to camp. Taillon's stay was brief prior to his reassignment to Minor League camp, but Leroux, who threw a bullpen on Tuesday's off-day, is expected to resume his staff contention with a Friday appearance.
• Chase d'Arnaud (strained left thumb) was hazy about the results of his MRI, but it does not sound too good. d'Arnaud will be going to Cleveland on Sunday to discuss the image with a hand specialist.
• Jared Hughes had only one strikeout -- but it was worth 8,430 servings of biscuits and gravy.
In a promotion sponsored by the Bob Evans Restaurants, a fan chosen at random from the McKechnie Field record crowd of 8,439 received one order of biscuits and gravy for each of the first nine strikeouts registered by Pirates pitchers.
But if they were to get to 10 Ks, the entire house got the free treat. Hughes' ninth-inning strikeout of Mike McCoy was No. 10.
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.