As inglorious moments in spring training history go, they don’t get much lower than the Pirates’ 6-4 loss last year against Manatee County Community College.
It was a good day for the Pirates’ bullpen, even though nobody picked up a ball.
“It’s Groundhog Day,” Donnie Veal said this morning, kibitzing at his locker with fellow pitcher Chris Jakubauskas. “It’s still only 8:30? I checked the clock an hour ago and it was 8:30.”
Neither Brendan Donnelly nor Octavio Dotel will spend a lot of time on the mound for the first couple weeks of spring training.
All 66 players invited to big league camp are present and accounted for. The final cluster of position players checked in to Pirates City about a half-hour ago, and it looks as if everyone will participate in today’s workout.
I noticed something odd this morning as I wandered through the Pirates’ clubhouse. It was awfully quiet over by Octavio Dotel’s locker.