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Pirates Bullpen and Bench Almost Complete


After the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Charlie Morton would start the year on the disabled list and Vance Worley would take his place, manager Clint Hurdle cleared up the bullpen and bench situation, although one roster spot is still unaccounted for.

Hurdle told the media after the game that the bullpen would consist of Mark Melancon, Tony Watson, Antonio Bastardo, Arquimedes Caminero, Jared Hughes and Radhames Liz. He also announced that Andrew Lambo will make the team.

Assuming the Pirates go with a 12-man pitching staff, the likely last spot would then belong to Stolmy Pimentel. If they choose to go with an extra bench spot, Pedro Florimon could make the team. Both players are out of options, so whoever doesn’t make the team would need to go through waivers, or get traded. It is possible neither player makes the team as other teams around baseball will also be in the same situation with players out of options and one of those players could be a better fit for the Pirates.

The only other players that are still on the active roster are catcher Wilkin Castillo and pitcher Clayton Richard and both of them will be assigned to minor league camp by the 3pm deadline to set rosters tomorrow.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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