Day 1: Daily Squeeze
As I did last year, I’ll use the “daily squeeze” blog entries as a wrap to each day of Spring Training. Obviously, in case you missed it earlier, the big news of the day was that Joel Hanrahan is out with a right elbow injury and is scheduled to have additional tests on it during the next week to determine the severity of the injury. Also, here is information about Ramon Vazquez (right knee surgery) and other rehabbing Buccos.
As for the rest of your daily news and notes…
- Pitchers and catchers did not take the field until about 1 pm on Thursday. Everyone underwent physicals in the morning and then congregated for a noon meeting.
- Non-roster invitee Jean Machi did not participate in practice and missed his first scheduled side session. The club wanted to do some follow-up testing after his physical. No more details were given.
- A total of 14 pitchers threw their first side session. Those included Ross Ohlendorf, Paul Maholm, Kevin Hart, D.J. Carrasco, Chris Jakubauskas, Jeff Karstens, Steven Jackson, Brad Lincoln, Jack Taschner, Donnie Veal, Virgil Vasquez, Anthony Claggett, Justin Thomas and Bryan Morris.
- Pitchers all spent about 40 minutes split up onto four fields for defensive practice.
- Though full squad workouts have not yet begun, over a dozen position players took fielding and batting practice. Those players included: Neil Walker, Brian Friday, Jeff Clement, John Raynor, Bobby Crosby, Doug Bernier, Brian Myrow, Andy LaRoche, Steve Pearce, Garrett Jones, Jose Tabata, Pedro Alvarez, Brandon Jones and Brandon Moss.
- Clement continues his conversion from catcher to first baseman and spent extra time fielding groundballs at the position. It was probably no coincidence that infield coach Carlos Garcia was paying particularly close attention to Clement and was the one hitting grounders to him during the extra session.
- The Pirates have named the fields, batting cages and bullpens here at Pirate City. Well, maybe they were named before, but if so, there were not the visible placards that there are now. The batting cages are now called the Ralph Kiner cages. The five fields each are named for a player — Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, Paul Waner, Honus Wagner and Pie Trayor. The bullpens are named Bob Friend and Elroy Face bullpens. It’s a nice touch
- All 42 pitchers and catchers required to report before Thursday arrived without incident.
- Friday’s workout is scheduled to begin at 10 am.
8:23 AM: Good morning from a cool, but sunshine-infested Pirate City. Players are trickling in this morning, with the first official pitchers/catchers workout scheduled for later in the day. A number of the players here are going through the process of having physicals done right now. Manager John Russell will hold a meeting at noon. And then the group of players will take the field at around 12:30 pm.
Pitching coach Joe Kerrigan has split his pitchers into two groups. The first will throw side sessions on Thursday, Saturday and Monday. The second will throw on Friday, Sunday and Tuesday. If you’re curious, here are those two groups.
Group 1: Ross Ohlendorf, Paul Maholm, Kevin Hart, D.J. Carrasco, Chris Jakubauskas, Jeff Karstens, Steven Jackson, Brad Lincoln, Jack Taschner, Donnie Veal, Virgil Vasquez, Anthony Claggett, Justin Thomas, Bryan Morris, Jean Machi
Group 2: Zach Duke, Charlie Morton, Daniel McCutchen, Brian Burres, Brendan Donnelly, Octavio Dotel, Vinnie Chulk, Evan Meek, Javier Lopez, Jeremy Powell, Wilfredo Ledezma, Brian Bass, Ramon Aguero, Ronald Uviedo, Jeff Sues
Pitchers will start throwing BP to hitters beginning next Wednesday.
Thursday’s workout will also include 40 minutes of defensive work for pitchers, bunting meetings and conditioning. All work should be wrapped up around 3 pm or so.
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