Right-hander Chris Resop was cleared to pitch out of the bullpen as early as Tuesday. Resop last pitched on Sept. 16, before being shut down with tenderness in his right elbow. ... Jeff Karstens (right shoulder soreness) continues to progress well. Manager John Russell said he plans to get Karstens some relief work during the team's upcoming series against Florida. ... Though the Pirates lost Monday's series opener, 6-4, it marked the first time in the Pirates' last seven games at Busch Stadium that the club had scored more than two runs.