Young will give third base a try


BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates are trying to add another position to Delwyn Young’s resume.

Young has been working out at third base. Manager John Russell hopes to give Young some playing time there before spring training ends. “As soon as Carlos (Garcia, infield coach) thinks he’s game-ready, we’ll get him out there,” Russell said.

Young said there’s no timetable for his third base debut, but he doesn’t seem fazed by the new role. “A ground ball is a ground ball,” Young said. “Just a little bit different view of the field, that’s it.”

Young has been doing early-morning drills with Garcia at McKechnie Field. He also has been quizzing Andy LaRoche about reading grounders, positioning and other details of playing the hot corner.

“It’s more reaction plays, from what Andy’s been telling me,” Young said. “I haven’t been over there in a game, so we’ll see.”

– Going into spring training, the Pirates said they planned to use LaRoche at least a bit at second base. However, LaRoche has not worked out there since the first week of camp and Russell said there are no plans to give LaRoche any playing time at second in Grapefruit League games.

– Octavio Dotel, who’s been out with a strained oblique, tossed on scoreless inning in his spring debut. His line against five batters included one walk, a hit batter, a wild pitch and a strikeout. Dotel threw 22 pitches, 10 for strikes.

“I’m happy I got that one out of my way,” Dotel said. “I was a little wild. Maybe I was too excited, maybe too happy. I just hope the next one will be better.”

Dotel said he is not feeling any lingering pain. “Perfecto! Everything feels good,” he said. “(Warming up) in the bullpen, I don’t feel anything. In the game, I don’t feel anything.”

Russell and Dotel reiterated that he will be ready for Opening Day.

– Paul Maholm worked five innings and allowed five runs on five hits. Victor Martinez, Bill Hall and Mike Cameron each homered. “Obviously, the home runs weren’t the bright spot of my day,” Maholm said. “But it’s part of the process of spring training.”

– Bobby Crosby started at first base against the Red Sox.