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Jon Niese threw off a mound Monday for the first time since receiving a cortisone shot in his left elbow. He expects to be activated from the disabled list to make his first regular season start on April 6.
Wilmer Flores was demoted to minor-league camp Monday. He is expected to start the season playing shortstop for Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Pirates will honor Ralph Kiner by wearing a No. 4 patch on their jerseys this season.