Good morning from McKechnie Field.
- Today the Pirates will play an intrasquad game at noon.
Here are the lineups for Black vs. Gold:
Alex Presley 7
Clint Barmes 6
Nate McLouth 8
Neil Walker 4
Nick Evans 5
Brandon Boggs 9
Matt Hague 3
Jeff Clement DH
Michael McKenry 2
Starting pitcher: Jeff Karstens (two innings)
Following Karstens in relief: Jeff Locke (2), Rudy Owens (2), Jared Hughes (1), Bryan Morris (1)
Extras: Chase d’Arnaud, Robbie Grossman, Anderson Hernandez, Ramon Cabrera
Jose Tabata 9
Josh Harrison 4
Andrew McCutchen 8
Garrett Jones 3
Casey McGehee DH
Pedro Alvarez 5
Yamaico Navarro 6
Gorkys Hernandez 7
Eric Fryer 2
Starting pitcher: Kevin Correia (one inning)
Following Correia in relief are: Jo-Jo Reyes (1), Kyle McPherson (2), Gerrit Cole (1), Duke Welker (1), Tim Wood (1), Mike Crotta (1
Extras: Jordy Mercer, Starling Marte, Jake Fox, Tony Sanchez
- Today Justin Wilson will throw a side. Also Jason Grilli will throw a touch and feel session.
- Working on PFP’s at McKechnie today are: Erik Bedard, James McDonald, Charlie Morton, Brad Lincoln, Evan Meek, Juan Cruz, Joel Hanrahan, Justin Wilson and Jason Grilli.
Tony Watson, Shairon Martis, Daniel Cabrera, Ryota Igarashi, Daniel McCutchen, Daniel Moskos, Chris Resop, Chris Leroux and Doug Slaten will work on PFP’s at Pirate City today.
- Saturday will kick off the Grapefruit League. The Pirates will play the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin at 1:05 PM. James McDonald will start for the Pirates (two innings). He will be followed by: Brad Lincoln, Chris Resop, Daniel McCutchen, Tony Watson, Chris Leroux, Ryota Igrashi and Juan Cruz.
Backups for Saturday’s game from the minor league side are Jose Diaz, Michael Dubee and Ryan Beckman.
- Early PFP scheduled for Saturday:
Team A: Rudy Owens, Jeff Locke, Kyle McPherson, Justin Wilson, Shairon Martis, Daniel Moskos, Jared Hughes, Bryan Morris, Duke Welker, Mike Crotta and Gerrit Cole
Team B: Erik Bedard, Kevin Correia, Jeff Karstens, Jo-Jo Reyes, Joel Hanrahan, Jason Grilli, Evan Meek, Doug Slaten, Tim Wood and Daniel Cabrera.
- Right-hander Charlie Morton will throw his second live BP at McKechnie Field.
- Right-hander A.J. Burnett is scheduled to undergo right eye surgery today. I’ll be sure to post any updates on the main site regarding how it went and if there is a timetable for return.
- Around 11 AM this morning, I will have a feature on the experience of Gerrit Cole, Robbie Grossman, Matt Hague and Jordy Mercer’s first Major League spring training. Until then, here are short video interviews of three of them.