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Corey Hart (foot) took grounders Thursday morning.

Hart had to be shut down for a couple of days after slicing his foot while getting into a hot tub this weekend at the Pirates' spring training complex. He should be ready for Grapefruit League action early next week and will then begin to work his way into a first-base platoon with the left-handed-hitting Pedro Alvarez.
Mar 5 - 11:39 AM

Josh Harrison told reporters Thursday morning that his left ankle injury is "a little minor."

Harrison was pulled from Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays after rolling his left ankle. But he caught himself before he turned it too severely and should be back in action by early next week. The 2014 National League All-Star will open the 2015 season as the Pirates' starting third baseman.
Mar 5 - 9:14 AM

Vance Worley gave up two runs in two innings Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Worley is battling Jeff Locke for the lone opening in Pittsburgh's rotation. Both are out of options and are expected to make the club. Worley probably has two advantages for the fifth spot: he outpitched Locke last year, plus he'd seem to be the less likely of the two to prove useful out of the pen.
Mar 4 - 4:50 PM

Josh Harrison exited Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays with left ankle discomfort.

Harrison led off the game with a single, but was later doubled off second base and then departed. No word yet on the severity of the injury. The Pirates should provide an update on his status soon.
Mar 4 - 2:35 PM

Pedro Alvarez had a three-run homer and an RBI double as the Pirates held on to beat the Blue Jays 8-7 on Tuesday.

Alvarez went opposite field off Aaron Sanchez in the first. The double also dropped down the left field line. Dalton Pompey lost that one in the sun, though since he was shading Alvarez to pull, he might not have gotten to it anyway. Since he's set to be platooned, Alvarez's fantasy upside might not quite be what it once was. Still, he's a candidate for 30 homers anyway, and he should hit for a higher average since he won't start against lefties.
Mar 3 - 4:58 PM

Jung-Ho Kang homered off the Blue Jays' Marco Estrada in his second at-bat of the spring Tuesday.

The right-handed-hitting Kang took the ball out to right-center, showing some of the power than allowed him to hit 40 homers in Korea last year. He also grounded out and walked in the contest. The plan appears to be for him to open the season as a utilityman, but if he shows a potent bat all spring, it will be difficult to keep him out of the lineup.
Mar 3 - 4:53 PM

Jose Tabata re-worked his swing with the help of Marlon Byrd over the offseason.

The Pirates encouraged Tabata to seek out Byrd, who has had a power surge late in his career. Byrd said the most important lesson he taught Tabata was "transferring the energy of your swing to the ball." Pittsburgh removed Tabata from their 40-man roster twice last season, and he's in camp now as a non-roster invitee. While it will be interesting to see whether the new swing takes hold, Tabata has little chance of breaking through with the Pirates given their loaded outfield.
Mar 2 - 7:40 PM

Corey Hart needed stitches after slicing his foot while getting into a hot tub at the Pirates' spring training complex on Sunday.

The gash will sideline him for a couple of days, but he should be fine to begin appearing in Grapefruit League games by early next week. Hart signed a one-year, $2.5 million free agent contract with the Pirates in December and could fit into a first-base platoon with Pedro Alvarez if his health cooperates.
Mar 2 - 1:44 PM

Gorkys Hernandez is expected to arrive to Pirates' camp on Saturday.

The non-roster invitee has been delayed a couple of days by visa issues. The 27-year-old will be competing for a reserve outfielder role with the Pirates this spring but offers little in the way of fantasy relevance.
Feb 28 - 9:07 AM

Charlie Morton (hip) continued to express optimism Friday on his ability to be ready for the start of the regular season.

The veteran right-hander is recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. While the Pirates are playing things cautiously, he's on track and should be ready to take his first turn through the Pirates rotation once the season begins. He posted a 3.72 ERA and 126/57 K/BB ratio over 157 1/3 innings for the Buccos in 2014.
Feb 27 - 10:39 PM

An industry source tells Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempfel that the Pirates could be willing to pay Andrew McCutchen $25 million per year on a long-term extension.

It's newsworthy for the fact that the Bucs are notoriously conservative with their spending. Still, that's the sort of money McCutchen, 28, would currently command on the open market. For now there are no talks, as the outfielder is signed to a team-friendly deal through 2017 with a club option for 2018. The longer they put off an extension, the more he might command when his contract comes due, though.
Feb 25 - 6:18 PM

Gorkys Hernandez is absent from Pirates' camp due to a visa issue.

Hernandez reunited with the Pirates over the winter on a minor league deal and is a non-roster invitee this spring. Assuming he gets his visa situation cleared up soon, he'll try to make his case for a reserve outfielder job.
Feb 24 - 9:15 AM

The Pirates will use Radhames Liz as a reliever this season.

It was reported previously that they would give him a shot to start, but while Liz will be stretched out to three innings and/or 50 pitches during spring training, his future is in the bullpen. Liz held a 2.95 ERA over 12 starts in the minors with the Blue Jays last season after spending the previous three years in Korea.
Feb 23 - 6:43 PM

Pirates acquired LHP Steven Brault from the Orioles to complete the Travis Snider trade.

An 11th-round pick in 2013, Brault boasts a 2.61 ERA and 162/42 K/BB ratio across his first 189 1/3 innings in the lower minors. The 22-year-old southpaw was not ranked by Baseball America among the Orioles' top 10 prospects.
Feb 20 - 5:16 PM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes that Vance Worley "would seem to have the edge" over Jeff Locke for the fifth spot in the Pirates' rotation.

It's not a surprise after Worley easily out-pitched Locke last season with a 2.85 ERA over 18 appearances -- 17 starts. Worley really struggled in his year in Minnesota, but he's had success in the National League and should be a solid back-end starter for the Pirates, albeit one with limited upside.
Feb 20 - 9:14 AM


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