PITTSBURGH -- Evan Meek will take his next step forward in his return from right shoulder tendinitis on Wednesday when he gets on the PNC Park bullpen mound.
Meek is scheduled to throw a side session -- his first since he pitched on April 26 -- after having tested his shoulder through several days of long toss. The right-hander threw from a distance of 120 feet on flat ground on Tuesday and said afterward that he felt great.
Assuming there are no setbacks on Wednesday, Meek said he expects to join the team during its upcoming series in Milwaukee and throw a second bullpen session there. The Pirates' plan is to then send Meek out on a short Minor League rehab stint, which will allow him to make a few appearances before being reinstated.
Right-hander Kevin Hart (right shoulder surgery) is progressing through his rehab without any issue, as well. Hart said he will throw live batting practice later this week. He'll have at least two such sessions before being sent to extended Spring Training or on a Minor League rehab assignment to complete his progression back.
Hart, who is on the 60-day disabled list, is not eligible to come off until May 30 or later.