Pitching in the rain


BRADENTON, Fla. — Wet, wet, wet. Cold, cold, cold. Blech, blech, blech.

The Pirates had to move today’s workouts under cover, due to a steady, driving rain and temps in the 40s. Pitchers threw live batting practice in the batting cages. However, the pitchers “warmed up” outside in the rain, where every breath came out in a visible puff.

“Miserable,” Brad Lincoln said. “But you’ve got to get your work in.”

Someone (OK, it was me) suggested it was a good way to prepare for Opening Day in cloudy ol’ Pittsburgh

“Yeah, but instead of rain, it’ll probably be snow,” Lincoln said.

— Tuesday’s benefit game against the State College of Florida (formerly Manatee County Community College) is slated for seven innings. There’s an 80 percent chance of rain, though, so it might be washed out.

— Paul Maholm and Ross Ohlendorf both are expected to pitch Wednesday in the Grapefruit League opener against the New York Yankees in Tampa.