Today was by far the breeziest day at Pirate City since training camp opened. What a perfect time to hold popup drills for catchers.
Although righty Jeff Karstens could end up in the bullpen this season, he’ll build up innings like a starter for at least the first couple weeks of Grapefruit League games.
arly in his career, Tyler Yates threw a changeup, four-seamer and slider. But when a coach told him he only needed two pitches to work out of the bullpen, Yates junked the changeup.
Pirates president Frank Coonelly is evaluating the status of general manager Neal Huntington, but so far has not offered a contract extension.
The Grapefruit League opener is in eight days. Manager Clint Hurdle has been tinkering with lineups, but he doesn’t want to tip his hand.
It’s a good thing Clint Hurdle does not have triskaidekaphobia.
The Pirates defused talk of a spring training showdown between Joel Hanrahan and Evan Meek by today naming Hanrahan the closer for the regular season.