Glasnow struck out nine batters in four innings Saturday, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk. "Towards the fourth inning was the best I've felt," Glasnow told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "My curveball started to take shape and the changeup and fastball were coming along. Good signs."
Williams threw five scoreless innings Friday, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out four. "This was my first outing where I just needed to go out there and let the cards fall and compete," Williams told the Pirates' official site. "I think I did a good job in terms of that."
Marte may need an occasional day off early in 2017 as part of his continued recovery from an ankle sprain, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "We're still assessing that," head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said.
Watson remains the Pirates' closer despite his recent struggles, GM Neal Huntington told SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio on Wednesday. "Watson has been one of the best performing relievers in baseball," Huntington said. "We're comfortable with him pitching in the ninth."
Kuhl has solidified his standing as the team's No. 4 starter with a strong spring. "Kuhl has been on the inside track, and I've acknowledged that from (the start of) camp," GM Neal Huntington told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He's continued to throw the ball well. Yeah, I think it's easy to acknowledge that he continues to be on the inside track."