After rosters expand Monday, the Pirates will use a six-man starting rotation for at least a couple of weeks.

But manager John Russell was careful to map out a plan that keeps left-hander Paul Maholm more or less on his normal routine.

"I've let them know that as long as I'm healthy, I'd like to throw," Maholm said. "However it ends up, it ends up. I want to make the rest of my starts and stay healthy -- that's the main thing."
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review