The timely pair of days off should have the Pirates' bullpen back at full strength by Wednesday. The group had been recovering since Friday, when six relievers were called on to cover 11 1/3 innings in a 14-inning win over Colorado. Limiting manager Clint Hurdle's options even further was the fact that Evan Meek was out all weekend with shoulder tightness.
Meek threw on the side on Monday and said he expects to be available again beginning on Wednesday. The only thing that could hold him back now is an illness he is fighting.
Hurdle said he doesn't expect any of his other six relievers to be sidelined further.