Evans out with broken hand

PITTSBURGH -- Nick Evans, who signed with the Pirates as a free agent during the offseason, won't be at PNC Park for this week's series.

He did not make the major league club out of spring training. He's actually not with Triple-A Indianapolis, either.

Evans broke three bones in the back of his glove hand in late April while making a diving attempt at first base on a popped-up bunt with the International League team. He had surgery to insert pins. He will miss a significant amount of time, but believes he will not miss the entire season. The original estimate was a six- to eight-week absence, which would put the return at no later than Aug. 1, but Evans has been progressing more speedily than originally expected.