Pirates game rained out

BRADENTON, Fla. – When rain caused the cancellation of the New York Yankees’ game with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, Hiroki Kuroda did his throwing indoors.

Kuroda traveled back to the Yankees’ spring training camp in Tampa after the exhibition game was called off following a 44-minute rain delay at the start.

He was scheduled to throw a five-inning, 75-pitch simulated game in New York’s indoor batting cages.

Rookie Stolmy Pimentel, who was scheduled to start for the Pirates, also threw a simulated game indoors. Pimentel is out of minor league options and is likely to begin the season as Pittsburgh’s long reliever.

Trainer’s room

Pirates: The team said it is “probable” that backup catcher Chris Stewart will have right knee surgery later this week when he visits Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Stewart has not played since being injured Wednesday against Minnesota.

Left-hander Jeff Locke (strained right oblique) had a second bullpen session Monday and reported no pain but there is no timetable for when he will pitch in a game. He has pitched just once this spring training, a two-inning stint Feb. 27 against the Yankees.

Pep talk

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin addressed the Pirates before the washout. Joining Tomlin on the field to watch batting practice were Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

Pirates outfielder Travis Snider offered his services to the Steelers’ brain trust as a fullback.

“I told them to call my agent because they need me to block for Le’Veon Bell,” Snider cracked.

Getting work in

Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole and left-handed reliever Tony Watson both pitched in a minor league intrasquad game on Monday morning before the rain.

Cole allowed three runs and five hits in five innings while walking four and striking out four. Watson gave up one unearned run in three innings.