Pirates DL might be revolving door

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have a couple of players ready to come off the disabled list. They hope they don’t have two more headed for the sidelines.

Starling Marte and Francisco Cervelli were absent from the starting lineup in Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Both left Tuesday’s game early.

Marte has an issue with a muscle in his side, and Cervelli had a bruised right forearm after he was hit by a pitch.

It’s likely Cervelli would have sat out Wednesday’s game anyway, and he minimized the injury.

“It will be fine,” Cervelli said.

There’s a bit more concern about Marte, who was apparently hurt while running the bases after hitting a double in the first inning on Tuesday night.

Through an interpreter, Marte said he was working with the training staff to make sure he didn’t do anything that might make the injury worse.

“I am going to be careful,” Marte said.

Todd Tomczyk, the Pirates director of sports medicine, said any injury in the abdominal area bears watching.

Sean Rodriguez started in place of Marte in center field, and Elias Diaz caught.

Josh Harrison has been doing rehab work and should be able to return for the start of next week’s series in Cincinnati, if not sooner.

Starting pitcher Joe Musgrove is scheduled to make his fourth and final rehab start with Class AAA Indianapolis tonight. The Pirates want to make sure Musgrove can go either six innings or 100 pitches before he’s activated.

Schugel update: The Pirates are looking for bullpen help, but it doesn’t look like they should expect it from A.J. Schugel.

Schugel has been shut down from any throwing for two weeks, the result of discomfort in his throwing shoulder.

The team thought Schugel was making progress, but he reported more problems with his shoulder.

In addition to limiting his throwing, the Pirates sent Schugel to specialist James Andrews for an examination.

Schugel has appeared in 68 games for the Pirates over the last two seasons, posting a 6-2 record and 3.00 earned run average with one save. He previously pitched in five games for Arizona.

Another reliever, Enny Romero, is scheduled to start throwing soon. He’s been on a strengthening program since he went on the disabled list with a shoulder impingement at the end of April.

Stay with it: Josh Bell is notorious for frequently de-constructing his swing, to the point that minor league teammates used to call him “Tinkerbell.”

If he’s not hitting, Bell wants to know why and is willing to make changes.

Manager Clint Hurdle said the staff is trying to discourage that habit.

“We just encourage him to see (the ball) good and get a swing off,” Hurdle said. “Then stick with something for a while and let it roll. He has the ability to hit baseballs that aren’t in the zone, and he has the ability to hit baseballs that are in the zone.

“Hard, soft, he can mix it up. I just like to fight he has when he gets in the box. He was a run producer for us last year, and he’s going to be a run producer for us this year.

“The league punched back and maybe challenged him a couple different ways, differently than last year. He’s had to counterpunch and he’s doing a real good job of it.”

Bell had the tie-breaking hit in Wednesday’s game.

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