Volquez's surprising 2014 start continued Thursday, thanks to control which allowed him to throw 53 of 77 pitches for strikes, face only one three-ball count and retire 20 batters on three pitches or less, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Tabata will be evaluated Thursday, after experiencing mild concussion-like symptoms following a crash into the outfield fence Wednesday, and manager Clint Hurdle has not said who would replace Tabata if he went to the DL, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle sounded concerned by Rodriguez's diminished velocity in his first three starts. "Sixteen innings, five home runs," Hurdle told the Pirates' website. "It's a challenging time for him, but I'm not going to run to answers right away, because I've seen three outings and his velocity is down a tick."