Although closer Octavio Dotel is yet to face a major league batter this spring, he expects to be ready to pitch on Opening Day.
Ramon Vazquez took a round of batting practice in the cages about a half-hour ago and said he’s fit enough to play.
After he made his career debut in right field this afternoon, I jokingly asked Neil Walker if he’s thought about asking for Roberto Clemente’s retired uniform No. 21. “No, no,” Walker said, laughing. “That’s not possible.”
GM Neal Huntington didn’t offer a specific timetable for when Pedro Alvarez and Jose Tabata should make the final step up to Pittsburgh, but indicated neither player is very far away.
Coser Octavio Dotel (strained oblique) reported no problems today after throwing 24 pitches in a minor league game.