Day 7: Daily Squeeze
Wednesday marked the first of four days of live batting practice (meaning pitchers are actually throwing to hitters for a change), which meant the day was a bit longer at Pirate City. But you certainly weren’t hearing any complaints. The quote of the day definitely came out of one of these live BP sessions, courtesy of Brandon Moss.
Moss had just ripped a line drive up the middle, nearly knocking Chris Jakubauskas over. Moss then walked over to the side joking, “That’s a hit! I didn’t have very many of them last year. I’m not going to be picky.”
Got to love his attitude so far in camp after such a disappointing 2009 season.
As for the rest of your daily squeeze…
- In all, 14 pitchers threw on the first day of live BP. Each pitched two innings (17 pitches per inning). The group included Paul Maholm, Ross Ohlendorf, Kevin Hart, D.J. Carrasco, Jakubauskas, Jeff Karstens, Brad Lincoln, Steven Jackson, Donnie Veal, Virgil Vasquez, Anthony Claggett, Jack Taschner, Justin Thomas and Bryan Morris.
- The second group of pitchers to throw live BP will do so on Thursday. The only two pitchers missing from the bunch are Octavio Dotel and Brendan Donnelly. Dotel is still out with left side soreness. Donnelly is throwing a bullpen session on Thursday instead of going straight to BP.
- It was another round of infield defensive work on Wednesday, but with a bit of shuffling. Bobby Crosby spent the morning working at first base. Garrett Jones was with the outfielders after spending Tuesday focusing on infield work.
- I’m not sure if you can find it archived at all online, but Ohlendorf was a guest on ESPN’s First Take this morning. Hopefully some of you were able to catch the interview.
- Outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, who is participating in his first Spring Training with the Pirates, spent a little extra time getting outfield instruction from Gary Varsho after one of the rotations.
- As was the case last spring, it’s been fun to watch Jose Tabata hit here at Pirate City. Today, he sent a pitch over the center field batter’s eye (approximately 18-20 ft high and 410 ft away).
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