PITTSBURGH -- You couldn't get off one of A.J. Burnett's spray pistols in the Pirates' clubhouse Friday without drenching one of their walking-wounded players. The latest on them, from closest to furthest from returning: Jose Tabata (left foot contusion) was "playable off the bench," manager Clint Hurdle said prior to Friday's opener vs. the Cubs. Tabata has been having more difficulty maneuvering in the outfield than swinging the bat.
Travis Snider (strained right hamstring) could "possibly pinch-hit" Friday night, but Hurdle preferred giving him one more day of total inactivity. Chad Qualls (right big toe) will be activated, as planned, on Sunday. Neil Walker (lower-back tightness) took 30 indoor cuts, and was encouraged by how he felt immediately after those swings. The same exercise had not gone well three days earlier. Jeff Karstens (right hip flexor) played long toss Friday and has a bullpen session scheduled for Saturday. Hurdle noted that Karstens "will miss more than the one start" he already has.