Day 24: Phillies @ Pirates

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Octavio Dotel threw his first live BP session earlier and it seemed to go without issue. I hope to get some comments from him when the clubhouse reopens in a bit. It was interesting to see Dotel sporting the home white uniform instead of the black shirts worn in Spring Training. I guess he wants everyone to know he’ll be ready for the start of the year.

There will be more on Dotel on the main site later, but the plan is to now have him throw in a Minor League game (likely Wednesday). If all goes well, then Dotel is expected to make his first Grapefruit League appearance by the end of the week.

UPDATE: Just spoke with Dotel, who said he threw 25 pitches. He said he wore his home whites at a photographer’s request, so that’s the answer there. He’ll pitch in a Minor League game Thursday and said that if he continues to feel like he did today, he’ll be ready for Opening Day.

More news from this morning…

  • In case you missed it earlier, the Pirates made seven cuts this morning before a mandatory MLB security meeting. Gone from camp are: Brad Lincoln, Donnie Veal, Bryan Morris, Jeff Sues, Tony Sanchez, Virgil Vasquez and Justin Thomas. None of the seven was expected to be with the Pirates on Opening Day.
  • It’s worth emphasizing that the decision to send Lincoln, Veal and Morris out was dictated by the need to get the three starting pitchers enough innings. At this point in camp, the Pirates’ starters are pitching four innings, and that number will soon be five and then six. Therefore, these starters who will begin in the Minor Leagues have to go elsewhere to get their innings.
  • Speaking of the need to get innings, Daniel McCutchen is starting in an intrasquad game over at Pirate City this morning. The Pirates need him to get some work in and that was the best place to do it with Zach Duke already scheduled to start the Grapefruit League game.
  • RHP Joel Hanrahan threw off the bullpen mound at McKechnie Field this morning. This was his first time stepping on a mound since being shut down with a right elbow injury in early February. He continues to progress as expected, but still count him out for Opening Day. 
  • Just in case you didn’t see it at the end of the day on Sunday, the Pirates cut six players late in the afternoon. Those players included Gorkys Hernandez, Argenis Diaz, Ramon Aguero, Brandon Jones, Brian Friday and Ronald Uviedo. Again, no surprises there.
  • With all these cuts, the Pirates now have 47 active players in camp. There are technically another six still in Major League camp, but those six — Craig Hansen, Tyler Yates, Neal Cotts, Jose Ascanio, Jimmy Barthmaier, Hanrahan — are nursing various injuries.
  • Some prospect notes: Pedro Alvarez has hit safely in his last five games… Jose Tabata has hit safely in five of his last six.
  • After getting C.C Sabathia on Sunday, the Pirates face ace Roy Halladay today. It should be a good challenge for a Pirates lineup that features most of the team’s projected starters.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Aki Iwamura (2B)
  3. Garrett Jones (RF)
  4. Ryan Doumit (C)
  5. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  6. Jeff Clement (1B)
  7. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  8. Delwyn Young (2B)
  9. Ramon Vazquez (SS)

Pitchers: Zach Duke (4 innings/60 pitches), Evan Meek, Jeremy Powell, Javier Lopez, Jack Taschner

Phillies lineup:

  1. Jimmy Rollins (SS)
  2. Placido Polanco (3B)
  3. Chase Utley (2B)
  4. Ryan Howard (1B)
  5. Jayson Werth (DH)
  6. Ben Francisco (LF)
  7. John Mayberry Jr. (CF)
  8. Ross Gload (RF)
  9. Carlos Ruiz (C)

Pitchers: Roy Halladay

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