Pirates media relations director Jim Trdinich a little while ago sent me a dose of electronic sunshine.
Jimmy T wrote in an e-mail that “more than half” of the 66 players invited to spring training camp already are working out at Pirate City, a day ahead of tomorrow’s reporting date for pitchers and catchers. Attached to his e-mail were two snaps of pitchers preparing for long toss and a batter in the cage … under sunny skies!
Paul Maholm is not yet in Bradenton, Fla., but he’s on his way. About a half hour ago, he Tweeted from his car: ”On the road kind of bored since I only pretty much turn once for 9 hrs. Almost on I-75 though. Enjoy ur day.”
The Pirates’ first official workout for pitchers and catchers — a day filled with running, stretching and a bit of throwing — is noon Thursday.