PITTSBURGH — Reliever George Kontos started to warm up on Sunday during the Pirates’ Little League Classic game in Williamsport, Pa., but wasn’t able to enter the game in the seventh inning due to some “lower body discomfort,” manager Clint Hurdle said Monday.

Hurdle was unsure of Kontos’ status going into Monday’s series opener with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

With Kontos unavailable and A.J. Schugel in trouble on the mound against the Cardinals on Sunday, Hurdle turned to rookie Dovydas Neverauskas to get out of a two-on, one-out jam.

“It wasn’t expected, but it is what it is,” Neverauskas said. “I had to go out there and just pitch.”

Based on his usage, it’s pretty clear that Hurdle has increased his level of trust in Neverauskas. His first five major-league appearances all cam...

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