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Day 20: Pirates @ Phillies; first round of cuts

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The Pirates had their first cuts on Saturday morning, though none of the moves were all that surprising. Tony Sanchez, Eric Fryer, Donnie Veal and Cesar Valdez have all been reassigned to Minor League camp. None were expected to start the season in Pittsburgh.

The Pirates have not designated where each of the four will begin the season, though Sanchez is expected to be Double-A Altoona’s starting catcher.

“He used his eyes very well. He used his ears very well while he was here,” manager Clint Hurdle said of Sanchez’s time in big league camp. “That was as important as anything for me. He’s got an infectious smile. There is nothing  you can’t like about the kid.”

Veal will continue to work through his rehab program, and I imagine he will stay in Bradenton to keep throwing in extended Spring Training. Valdez is likely headed to Triple-A Indianapolis.

As for your other morning news bits…

  • As promised Hurdle is shuffling around the lineup. He’s got Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata batting one-two on Saturday, just as the pair did for most of the second half of 2010. Pedro Alvarez is slotted into the third spot, while Neil Walker is batting fifth.
  • Ronny Cedeno remains out with a bruised right middle finger. He didn’t swing a bat yesterday, but Cedeno did field groundballs without any issue, he said.
  • The following Pirates pitchers are scheduled to throw in Sunday’s game: James McDonald, Joel Hanrahan, Chris Resop, Aaron Thompson, Daniel McCutchen, Justin Wilson, Jeff Locke, Justin Thomas
  • If you opt not to tune in to the pirates.com webcast of today’s game, go root on my Mizzou Tigers at noon. The Tigers have kU at home today in the big rivalry game, which is going to be televised on CBS. Mizzou hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations this season, but a victory over the Jayhawks can erase some of the sting of a less-than-stellar year.

Lineups:

PIRATES: A. McCutchen (CF), J. Tabata (LF), P. Alvarez (3B), L. Overbay (1B), N. Walker (2B), G. Jones (DH), R. Doumit (C), J. Bowker (RF), C. d’Arnaud (SS)

Pitchers: P. Maholm, J. Karstens, T. Watson, S. Gallagher, C. Leroux, R. Owens

PHILLIES: J. Rollins (SS), S. Victorino (CF), R. Ibanez (LF), R. Howard (1B), P. Polanco (3B), B. Francisco (DH), D. Brown (RF), D. Young (2B), B. Schneider (C)

Pitchers: R. Halladay, J.C. Ramirez, B. Lidge, J. Contreras, R. Madson

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Bradenton just got a bit busier

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It’s reporting day, folks. And I have, indeed, reported to Bradenton, Fla., on time. No visa issues to worry about here.

By the end of today (Sunday), the Pirates’ pitchers and catchers are required to be in town. As of last count, 38 of the 41 were. Still missing: Jose Veras, Jose Ascanio and Cesar Valdez. There didn’t seem to be a true grasp on whether any of the above might be dealing with visa issues, though we’ll know that soon.

In addition, of the 62 total players participating in big league camp, 49 are already here. Position players aren’t required to report until the end of the day on Friday. Many, though, come early to get a headstart on their workouts.

A few notes before we get rolling with Day 1 coverage tomorrow:

  • Jeff Clement has been removed from the list of non-roster invitees. He is still recovering from surgery and therefore will be reporting to Minor League camp. With Clement off the list, there were 22 non-roster invitations handed out.
  • For the full list of non-roster invitees, click here.
  • I caught a glimpse of the Pirates’ new batting practice tops. Boy are they, well, bright yellow. Bumble bee-esque, as Evan Meek pointed out. I’m thinking they might be even be visible in the dark.
  • The first pitchers/catchers workout will be on Monday, though it will start a bit later than the subsequent workouts. There are meetings and physicals scheduled for the morning hours. Expect the whole group to take the field sometime around noon.

As it has been for the past two years, the blog will be a significant part of Spring Training coverage. That’s a shameless plug to get you guys to check it frequently over the next seven weeks. I’ll provide updates and photos via twitter, as well, so you can keep a pulse on the team there. And, of course, there will be numerous stories (and some videos) on the main pirates.com site daily.

Looking forward to spending another season with you….

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Rule 5 results; Duke trade completed

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The Pirates selected shortstop Josh Rodriguez with the first pick of the Rule 5 Draft. GM Neal Huntington said Rodriguez will compete to make the team as a utility infielder.

“He’s a guy that will compete to make our club as our utility guy,” Huntington said. “He has solid defense at shortstop. He can swing the bat a little bit. He can bounce around and play second, short and third. You can probably run him into the outfield. He’s a guy that’s a good addition to the organization.”

Centerfielder Bradley Chalk and catcher Travis Scott were taken in the Triple-A phase of the Draft.

Pirates farmhand Nathan Adcock was taken by the Royals with the fifth pick of the Rule 5 Draft. Pittsburgh is hopeful that Adcock will not be able to stick on Kansas City’s roster all season, which would allow the Pirates to get him back.

“He gets the ball on the ground,” Huntington said. “He has an average fastball with the ability to get groundballs and there is a chance that he’ll stick. We knew by not protecting him that there was a pretty good chance of being selected. We’re disappointed to lose him, but we couldn’t protect them all.”

Pittsburgh also acquired right-hander pitcher Cesar Valdez on Thursday morning as the player-to-be-named in the Zach Duke trade. The Pirates had to wait until after the Rule 5 Draft to finalize the acquisition since Valdez was available to be taken.

“It’s a right-hander with heavy sink,” Huntington said of Valdez. “He gets a lot of groundballs. He’s going to mix-and-match. He’s going to hit his spots. He’s a guy that we feel can help maybe out of the bottom of the rotation or use as a long man. He’s a guy to add to our depth and our competition to make our club.”

Jerry Dipoto, the Dbacks’ vice president of scouting and player development had this to say on Valdez: “Cesar obviously got an opportunity to pitch for us in the big leagues last year [and] has been a good member of our organization. Hopefully this is an opportunity for him.”

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