DUNEDIN, Fla. — Josh Harrison had a big ice pack strapped to his right shoulder in the clubhouse this morning. That’s not a routine procedure, especially at 7:30 a.m., but Harrison insisted he’s not injured. “I’m OK,” he told me, and moved his right arm up and down to drive the point home. “It’s a little chilly today. Gotta keep the arm moving.” I’ll take his word, for now, but let’s keep an eye on it.
>> Today marks a “homecoming” of sorts for infielder Brent Morel. He was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays in December, but never really had a chance to establish roots before being waived again. The Pirates claimed him Tuesday.
>> Pirate City will be a host site for the annual MLB/USA Baseball Breakthrough Series, which give top high school players exposure to college recruiters and pro scouts. The event will be held July 19-28 at four regional locations: Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla.; the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif.; the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy; and MCU Park in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Pirates (2-0) @ Blue Jays (2-0), 1:05 p.m., Florida Auto Exchange Stadium
Online game audio: pirates.com Weather: Mostly sunny, 61 degrees
Pirates: 1. Starling Marte CF, 2. Clint Barmes SS, 3. Jose Tabata RF, 4. Pedro Alvarez 3B, 5. Gaby Sanchez 1B, 6. Tony Sanchez C, 7. Matt Hague DH, 8. Robert Andino 2B, 9. Mel Rojas Jr. LF. Gerrit Cole RHP
Blue Jays: 1. Anthony Gose LF, 2. Munenori Kawasaki SS, 3. Colby Rasmus CF, 4. Adam Lind 1B, 5. Dioner Navarro C, 6. Moises Sierra RF, 7. Dan Johnson DH, 8. Maicer Izturis 3B, 9. Ryan Goins 2B. Mark Buehrle LHP.
Today’s backups: Ashley Nevin, Carlos Paulino, Blake Davis, Michael Fransoso, Alen Hanson, Chris McGuiness, Jordy Mercer, Brent Morel, Willy Garcia, Carlos Mesa, Jeff Roy.
Today’s other pitchers: Jameson Taillon, Phil Irwin, Jay Jackson, Jake Brigham and Andy Oliver are scheduled. Ryan Beckman, Matt Benedict, Jhonathan Ramos and Brandon Mann were brought up from minor league camp.
– Rob Biertempfel