BRADENTON -- The Pittsburgh Pirates took the field under the sunny skies at Pirate City on Friday at 10 AM for their first official full squad workout.
The club worked on conditioning, throwing programs, bunt plays. The infielders took grounders, the outfielders took balls off the center field wall, pitchers ran the bases, pitchers threw live batting practice, position players took batting practice on the fields and in the cages.
All and all, it was a successful first day.
"I think the first day went well," Manager Clint Hurdle said. "We introduced a lot. We touched on a lot of fundamentals today, infielders handled the ball, pitchers handled the ball. We got a lot of bunting in, got some base running in. We played some baseball today. We hadn’t practiced baseball. We had a really good day."
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