Derek Norris recently received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder.
Norris has been dealing with shoulder soreness since a play at the plate on Saturday, but he's feeling better and was able to DH on Monday. It's unclear when he'll go back behind the plate.
Edinson Volquez is interested in re-signing with the Pirates.
Volquez has rebounded with a 3.15 ERA and 130/70 K/BB ratio in 185 2/3 innings this season and credits the Pirates' coaches for his turnaround, so it makes sense that he's open to staying, but he would also like to parlay his success into a multi-year contract. "You always want to sign for more than one year," said Volquez. "Especially now that I'm 31 years old, I'd like to sign with someone for two or three years and stay a little bit longer."
Dan Haren's $10 million player option for 2015 was triggered during Monday's start against the Giants.
Haren got there by crossing the 180-inning threshold for the season, which also secured him a $500,000 bonus. The veteran right-hander will make a decision on whether to accept the option after the season.
Eduardo Escobar (shoulder) came off the bench to hit a single Monday against the Diamondbacks.
Escobar hadn't played since last Tuesday due to a jammed right shoulder, but he entered the game as a pinch-runner in the seventh and stuck around to hit a single in the ninth. He should be back in the lineup soon.
Gregor Blanco finished 2-for-7 with a double, homer, two RBI and two runs scored in Monday's easy 13-inning 5-2 versus the Dodgers.
Blanco's corked a 419-foot shot off Dan Haren to begin the game. He wouldn't drive in another run for 12 more innings, when his double ended up plating two; the play ended when Blanco was gunned down trying to go for third. Blanco has been a usable if unspectacular mixed league player since late August.