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Pirates roster appears complete

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The Pirates announced on Wednesday that Chris Leroux has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Though the Pirates still have to make some DL assignments official and add Jose Veras to the 40-man roster, this roster move essentially sets the Opening Day roster for Pittsburgh. And it will look like this:

STARTERS

  • RHP Kevin Correia
  • LHP Paul Maholm
  • RHP Ross Ohlendorf
  • RHP Charlie Morton
  • RHP James McDonald

RELIEVERS

  • RHP Joel Hanrahan (closer)
  • RHP Evan Meek
  • RHP Chris Resop
  • RHP Jeff Karstens
  • RHP Jose Veras
  • LHP Garrett Olson
  • RHP Mike Crotta

CATCHERS

  • Ryan Doumit
  • Jason Jaramillo

INFIELDERS

  • Lyle Overbay
  • Neil Walker
  • Ronny Cedeno
  • Pedro Alvarez
  • Steve Pearce
  • Josh Rodriguez

OUTFIELDERS

  • Jose Tabata
  • Andrew McCutchen
  • Matt Diaz
  • Garrett Jones
  • John Bowker

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Day 40: Pirates @ Rays; Bucs cut five

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The Pirates cut five players from big league camp on Friday morning, in turn dwindling the number of players still around to 36. That still means that 11 players will have to leave in the next week. But the roster is beginning to take shape with some clarity.

The following moves were made on Friday:

  • RHP Tyler Yates reassigned to Minor League camp
  • RHP Sean Gallagher reassigned to Minor League camp
  • RHP Daniel McCutchen optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis
  • INF Josh Fields reassigned to Minor League camp
  • C Wyatt Toregas reassigned to Minor League camp

Also, general manager Neal Huntington confirmed that lefty Joe Beimel will not be ready to begin the season with the Major League club. Beimel will throw another bullpen session this weekend, but that does not give him time to get enough innings in before next week’s season opener. Beimel will remain in Florida for extended Spring Training and could even pitch a bit in Indianapolis, if he still needs to build his innings count by the time the Minor League season begins.

With Beimel out of the Opening Day mix, the following relievers are competing for two open spots: Garrett Olson, Brian Burres, Chris Leroux and Mike Crotta.

Other morning news and notes…

  • Huntington said that the team has not yet finalized whether it will take two or three catchers north. A decision on that should come soon, Huntington added. The makeup of the bench really hinges on which way the Pirates go with this.
  • Before leaving McKechnie Field on Friday, Fields say he was unsure whether he’d report to Triple-A Indianapolis or ask for his release.
  • With Fields out of the mix for the corner utility bench spot, that leaves Steve Pearce and Andy Marte as the last two standing. Huntington said that there really is no scenario in which both Pearce and Marte make the club.
  • Brad Lincoln (right arm contusion) threw from a distance of 120 feet on Friday and said he felt fine. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday.
  • James McDonald remains scheduled to pitch in a Minor League game on Saturday.

On a side note, MLBlogs is changing its software (hopefully for the better) today, which means this blog is expected to be down during the afternoon hours. It might still be able to be accessed by you, but it won’t be able to be updated by me. Wanted to give you a head’s up so that you weren’t searching for anything new on here this afternoon. Once the update is done, I’ll get to learning the new program.

Lineups:

PIRATES: P. Ciriaco (CF), J. Rodriguez (SS), J. Bowker (LF), R. Doumit (C), S. Pearce (3B), M. Diaz (RF), A. Marte (1B), C. Wimberly (2B), C. Morton (RHP)

Pitchers: C. Morton, J. Hanrahan, J. Veras

RAYS: B. Zobrist (RF), E. Johnson (2B), E. Longoria (3B), M. Ramirez (DH), D. Johnson (1B), B.J. Upton (CF), K. Shoppach (C), R. Brignac (SS), S. Fuld (LF), J. Niemann (RHP)

Pitchers: J. Niemann

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September 14: Pirates (48-95) @ Mets (71-73)

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There is no longer a hitting streak to follow, as Neil Walker’s 18-game one came to an end with an 0-for-3 night (and two walks) in Monday’s loss. Still, it’s worth highlighting that Walker’s streak was the longest by a Pittsburgh rookie since Rennie Stennett hit safely in 18 straight in 1971.

Righty Chris Leroux is expected to be in uniform (No. 38) today. And in other news, the Pirates’ 2011 schedule is expected to be released tonight. Stay tuned.


pirates.jpgPIRATES:
A. McCutchen (CF), J. Tabata (LF), N. Walker (2B), G. Jones (1B), P. Alvarez (3B), R. Doumit (RF), R. Cedeno (SS), C. Snyder (C), Z. Duke (LHP)

Duke vs. NYM: 4-1 in 7 starts, 46.1 IP, 48 H, 15 ER, 4 HR, 7 BB, 25 K

 


Mets.gifMETS:
J. Reyes (SS), A. Pagan (RF), C. Beltran (CF), I. Davis (1B), D. Wright (3B), N. Evans (LF), H. Blanco (C), R. Tejada (2B), R.A. Dickey (RHP)

Dickey vs PIT: 0-0 in 2 games, 7.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 HR, 0 BB, 7 K

 

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