-P- The Pirates have called up relievers Vin Mazzaro and Phil Hughes. In corresponding moves, Stolmy Pimentel has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and Brandon Cumpton optioned back to Triple-A Indianapolis.
-P- In an interesting change to the top of the Pirates' order, Josh Harrison will leadoff and play right field tonight. Hurdle said the move was an attempt "put a little charge in the lineup." He also mentioned Harrison's good numbers against R.A. Dickey: in 15 plate appearances, Harrison has batted .429/.467/.643 against the Blue Jays' starter.
I've written too much about lineups lately, so I'll just let this one speak for itself.
-P- Francisco Liriano met with team doctors and is "fit for duty," Hurdle said.
-P- Wandy Rodriguez threw long toss in the outfield this afternoon. Hurdle had no update on how the session went.
-P- Hurdle spoke with Triple-A manager, Dean Treanor, this afternoon about "all the players on the (Indianapolis) roster." Treanor told him that Andrew Lambo has had a good two weeks and has become "more offensive."
"His last two weeks have been his best, there wasn't a lot of activity going on early," Hurdle said of Lambo. "He's gotten some momentum."
-P- Hurdle spoke to the Pirates BABIP issues this afternoon. The Bucs currently rank 29th in the Major Leagues, with a .269 average.
"We've had more than our fair share of well-struck balls that haven't turned into hits," Hurdle said. "I think, especially in the last three days, we've struck the ball extremely well and before that I think we were hitting the ball enough to get more runs than we came up with."
Mets interesting bonus system
Anthony DiComo of MLB.com writes that the the New York Mets are using an internal metric of offensive performance as a factor in determining bonuses for players with three years or less of Major League experience.
Mets players received statistical breakdowns of their 2013 performances centered upon Bases Per Out, an internally developed statistic that seeks to measure a player's overall offensive production.
Players with less than three years of service time were told that their BPOs would determine bonuses tacked onto future salary offers. Each base -- one for a walk or single, two for a double -- would earn them $200 more than what they would otherwise receive. Each out would slice off $100.
Last week, I asked Ike Davis how his former teammates felt about the system.
"The players thought it was cool because they looked at it as an opportunity to make extra money," Davis said. "They (the Mets) didn't have to do it, and of course you'd like to have a MVP year."
Neal Huntington wasn't familiar with what the Mets were doing, but he seemed intrigued.
"It is an interesting concept to reward to the behaviors you're trying to develop," Huntington said. "But we don't have an elaborate bonus system."
I calculated the bonuses that select Pirates would be currently due according to the Mets' formula. (Of course the players with more than three years experience would be ineligible):
Russell Martin $1,500
Gaby Sanchez $2,800
Neil Walker $5,000
Jordy Mercer -$3,500
Pedro Alvarez $3,400
Starling Marte $4,300
Andrew McCutchen $11,400
Travis Snider $600
Jose Tabata -$200
Ike Davis $200
Tony Sanchez -$100