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BRADENTON, Fla. — All but three players have reported to camp. One of them, shortstop Gustavo Nunez, is on the 60-day DL and likely won’t check in for a while yet. Anderson Hernandez and Gorkys Hernandez have until Friday, when the first full-squad workout is held, to get here. Andrew McCutchen arrived this morning and was on the fields all day. Chase d’Arnaud walked into the clubhouse about a half-hour after position players finished their workouts today.

»»» A reader Tweeted a request for a photo of Pedro Alvarez. I didn’t get any decent shots of him, so would you settle for a video from today’s workout instead? If so, click here:

»»» There are no bullpen sessions scheduled for Thursday at Pirate City. Pitchers will throw batting practice Friday. Erik Bedard, James McDonald, Charlie Morton, Joel Hanrahan, Jason Grilli and Evan Meek will be among the first group. A.J. Burnett is slated to toss batting practice Saturday.

»»» Major league camp will move to McKechnie Field after the March 1 workout, which will allow the minor leaguers to re-take full control of Pirate City. The Black-Gold instrasquad game is March 2 at McKechnie.



  1. Van Man says:

    Frank Coonelly was right — we’re a dynasty, baby!

  2. Dejan Shortpants says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but Fat Pedro looks like he’s pregnant.

  3. PetroSteel says:

    Rob, thanks for the video! Pedro looks great! Its going to be a good year and the begining of a dynasty, baby!

    If you think I’m being sarcastic, your wrong!!!

    We finally have a plan in place and a direction for long term success!!!

    Keep up the great work Rob!!!

  4. Steve says:

    I moved from Paducah and follwm trthe Piretes a lot. We will win everyy game. I like Nate Mclowth and kris bensen the vbest.

  5. joel says:

    Say what you want but the Pirates front office but they forced the Bubster Selig to change the rules for money in this years draft. This had to delight the Yankees, Redsoxs, and the other big spending teams.

    Last year the Bucs spent 16.1 million on the first 10 picks and this year they will be limited to a little over 6 million. The Bubster and rich teams fumed that the Pirates spent 5 million on 2nd rounder Bell last year. A power hitting switchhitter will be a star in the majors.

    The Pirates are doing it the right way, draft your own players and forget someone elses problems. Ahh, Derek Bell rings a Bell.

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