By Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner
BRADENTON, Fla. — Pirates A.M. is on a two-day hiatus because the club plays at 6:05 p.m. today and Tuesday. Here’s what I gleaned from looking at the lineup card, scanning the clubhouse and mulling GM Neal Huntington‘s recent presser …
>>> Yesterday, Huntington said management has “a pretty good feel for where we’d like to go” with the final open starter’s job. He did not divulge any details, but it’s worth nothing that Ivan Nova (who technically is in the No. 4 spot) will pitch today and Drew Hutchison is scheduled to pitch tomorrow. Does that mean Hutchison has gotten the gig? Not necessarily, but … well, it kind of looks that way, huh?
>>> Austin Meadows, whose locker is empty, appears to be the only player who was cut from big league camp today.
>>> Manager Clint Hurdle indicated earlier in camp that Josh Harrison could reprise his super-utility role this year. That explains today’s lineup v the Twins, in which Adam Frazier is playing second base and batting leadoff, Harrison is at third and David Freese is at first base.
>>> Gregory Polanco (sore shoulder) remains out of action.
>>> Quickie Twitter poll results:
Starling Marte hit 12 HR in 2013, 13 in 2014, 19 in 2015, and nine last season. His total in 2017 will be …
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Older, wiser Taillon ready to take next step.
Columnist Kevin Gorman believes the Pirates ought to part ways now with embattled 3B Jung Ho Kang
Notebook … in which the GM discusses the rotation, the roster and the Rule 5 guy.
>>> Monday’s game: Twins at Pirates, 6:05 p.m., LECOM Park, Bradenton. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Twins: J.B. Shuck 8, Danny Santana 9, Ben Paulsen 7, Miguel Sano DH, Jason Castro 2, Byung Ho Park 3, Eduardo Escobar 6, Tommy Field 5, Bengie Gonzalez 4. RHP Phil Hughes. Also pitching for Twins: LH Buddy Boshers, RH Michael Tonkin, RH J.T. Chargois.
Pirates: Adam Frazier 4, Josh Harrison 5, Andrew McCutchen 9, Starling Marte 8, David Freese 3, Jordy Mercer 6, Alen Hanson 7, Jacob Stallings 2, RHP Ivan Nova 1. Also pitching for Pirates: LH Felipe Rivero, LH Tyler Webb. Also: RHP Chad Kuhl (100 pitches) and LHP Antonio Bastardo (one inning/15 pitches) will pitch in a minor league game a 1 p.m. at Pirate City.
>>> Tuesday’s game: Red Sox at Pirates, 6:05 p.m., LECOM Park, Bradenton. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM. Red Sox: Lineup TBA. RHP Stephen Wright. Also pitching for Red Sox: TBA. Pirates: Lineup TBA. Drew Hutchison RHP. Also pitching for Pirates: LH Tony Watson, RH Daniel Hudson, LH Antonio Bastardo.
>>> Wednesday’s game: Phillies (split squad) at Pirates, 1:05 p.m., LECOM Park, Bradenton. TV: Root. Phillies: Lineup TBA. Also pitching for Phillies: TBA. Pirates: Lineup TBA. Also pitching for Pirates: TBA.
>>> Thursday: Off.
Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.