• Mike Carp, the left-handed-hitting first baseman/outfielder released on Friday by Boston, was on the Pirates' "persons of interest" list when they sought someone during Spring Training to platoon with Gaby Sanchez.
"We've had conversations in the past about Mike Carp," said manager Clint Hurdle, nodding.
Any remaining interest is uncertain. The Bucs acquired Ike Davis from the Mets in late April. He has hit .247 in 86 games, with an on-base percentage of .355 but with little of the power (six homers in 231 at-bats) expected from him.
• When Jason Lane, the onetime outfielder-turned pitcher, made his first big league start at 37 on Monday (he has since been released by the Padres), it triggered a conversation about the oldest pitchers to make their MLB starting debuts.
The oldest? The Bucs' Diomedes Olivo, who was 43 years and 251 days when he made his first (and only) big league start on September 30, 1962, in Milwaukee.