A few notes on the day Stephen Tarpley makes his season debut.

** We start with Tarpley, who has been out with an oblique injury suffered during Spring Training. This is his second late start to a season with the Pirates. Tim Williams has been keeping us updated on Tarpley's return, announcing over the weekend that he would return today. Tarpley has missed some innings on paper, but he is still putting in work, going five innings in each of his last two starts in Extended Spring Training. Before that, he put in four innings on April 25th and three innings in his previous start, which was exactly 50 pitches. The natural progression is add an inning each start, so Tarpley has put in 20 innings already this season.

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