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Pirates Bullpen Crowded This Spring

Pirates Bullpen Crowded This Spring

Chris Leroux is one of the relievers fighting for a spot in the bullpen this Spring. -Photo by Mark Olson

BRADENTON -- The Pittsburgh Pirates are just several days away from seeing game action, as the Grapefruit League kicks off on Saturday. While it's a given that right-hander Joel Hanrahan will be the team's closer, the Pirates bullpen is crowded this spring, with plenty of options for the club to have another season with a solid 'pen.

"As they throw their sides, we have numbers, we have volume," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "I think we've a lot of men that could make that bullpen. When you look at it, Hanrahan being at the end. You’ve got six openings. Some guys have inside tracks. Some guys, it could be their position, their opportunity to lose."

Evan Meek is looking to bounce back to his All-Star 2010 season after missing most of last year on the disabled list with shoulder injuries. Jason Grilli, Chris Resop, Daniel McCutchen all showed great versatility, coming in...

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