BRADENTON, Fla. -- After making a rough Grapefruit League debut with the Pirates, right-hander Evan Meek has bounced back this spring by tossing three scoreless frames over his last three appearances. He's allowed one hit with two strikeouts.

Meek worked hard over the offseason to get his body in better shape, dropping nearly 20 pounds by cycling, and building up arm strength, in order to bounce back from an injury plagued 2011 season.

The 28-year-old was placed on the disabled list twice last season with right-shoulder tendonitis. The first in late April, which sidelined him for nearly a month. He returned to the disabled list a few weeks later, where he remained until September. But that was last year, and Meek has been working hard to return his former All-Star self.

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