When right-hander Brandon Cumpton was sent down to Triple-A at the end of June, the members of the Pirates' clubhouse said, "See you later" rather than "Goodbye."
In retrospect, "See you soon" would have been the most appropriate.
Cumpton went to the Minors when Gerrit Cole rejoined the Pirates' rotation 11 days ago after a stint on the disabled list. But after two starts, Cole is back on the DL -- this time with tightness in his right lat -- and Cumpton will try to steer the Bucs away from a third straight loss.
A product of Georgia Tech, Cumpton joined the Pirates' rotation in late May, and of the seven outings he made during his month-long stay in the rotation, six were quality. The exception was a May 31 outing against the Dodgers in which he allowed 10 earned runs and 11 hits over 3 2/3 innings. With that start out of the equation, he had a 2.72 ERA in that span.
Opposing Cumpton will be Lance Lynn, who is looking to successfully follow up his 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Marlins. Including a shutout against the Yankees on May 27, he has not allowed a run in four of the eight starts he's made, but he's had a 7.71 ERA in the other four outings and continues to look for consistency.
"When I'm successful, I show them the breaking pitches in the middle part of the game, and then I go back to the fastball," Lynn said after his most recent start. "When it was all said and done tonight, I had a really good sinker, and when I have that, we're going to use it."
Pirates: Liriano will start this weekend
On Tuesday, one day after Francisco Liriano stifled Triple-A bats in a rehab start, Hurdle said that he expects the lefty to pitch against the Reds before the All-Star break.
Liriano pitched on Monday for the first time since straining his left oblique against the Cubs on June 10. Over six innings for Indianapolis, Liriano didn't allow a run, struck out eight, walked none and at one point retired 15 hitters in a row.
"The report I got from [Indianapolis pitching coach Tom Filer] was, he got sharper as the game went on," Hurdle said. "The fastball velocity was good -- 91 to 95 -- and the change and breaking balls played. No more rehab starts."
Liriano is due to pitch on Saturday if the Pirates choose to use him on regular rest. The Bucs wrap up the season's first half with three games in Cincinnati.
Cardinals: Garcia to undergo season-ending surgery on Friday
Jaime Garcia is set for a procedure to address symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome and will be out for the remainder of the season.
It's the second procedure in 14 months for Garcia, who has made just 36 starts since the beginning of the 2012 season -- including seven this year.
"This continues to happen when my goal, and the thing I want the most, is to be out there helping this team win," Garcia said on Tuesday. "They would like to have me out there. I would like to be out there more than they want to have me out there. I've worked so hard the last couple years to be on that mound."
Garcia chose surgery over other rehab options after consulting three surgeons. His procedure is the same one Chris Carpenter underwent in 2012.
"I'm already thinking in my mind that I'm going to be ready to go next year," Garcia said. "I'm going to do everything in my control to come back as soon as possible and as safe as possible."
• The Cardinals are three games behind the first-place Brewers, who lost their seventh of eight on Tuesday night. It's the first time the Cardinals have been this close to the top of the division since May 31.
• Tuesday marked the first time the Cardinals have won back-to-back games in walk-off fashion since they defeated the Cubs this way on June 4-5, 2011.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.