Pirates Notebook: Bedard Looking Forward to Opening Day Start

BRADENTON, Fla. — Lefty Erik Bedard has come a long way from the last time he got an Opening Day start — back in 2008 with the Seattle Mariners. During ’08, Bedard was placed on the disabled list twice, once for inflammation in his left hip, the other was for stiffness in his left shoulder, which ended his season. Two months later, Bedard underwent arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder to remove any non-healthy...

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Prospect Notebook: Morris Working On Cutter, Owens Looks Crisp

Bryan Morris threw two innings today at Pirate City, and flashed a new pitch in the process. Morris throws a mid-90s fastball, and also flashes a good curveball, but today while watching him it appeared that he was also throwing a slider. I spoke with Morris afterwards, who mentioned that the pitch was a cutter. The pitch was a variation of a pitch Morris worked on last year, which was more of a slider. This year Morris has been...

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Morton Solid in Start, Plans to Be Ready for Season

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates (7-12) ¬†lost 7-2 to the Detroit Tigers (14-3) at McKechnie Field on Friday afternoon. Right-hander Charlie Morton tossed four scoreless frames scattering two hits and struck out two in his fourth official Grapefruit League start of the spring. Morton threw 55 pitches over his four inning outing. The two lone hits Morton gave up came in the first and third inning.¬†Andy Dirks led off the 1st frame...

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Alvarez Sidelined with Knee Discomfort

BRADENTON, Fla. — Third baseman Pedro Alvarez was removed from Thursday’s 8-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays with discomfort and inflammation in his left knee. Alvarez is currently day-to-day and will likely be out of game action through the weekend, the team says. “I think it was more or less running,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said on how he sustained the injury. “He either hit a bag or stepped behind a...

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Weekend Pirates Draft Prospects Preview: 3/23-3/25

Notes From the Past Week -Deven Marrero went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two strikeouts against UNLV. Heading in to the game Marrero had two strikeouts in 62 at-bats on the season. -Trey Williams went 2-for-2 with two walks on Wednesday. -Mike Zunino 2-for-4 with a double against Samford on Tuesday. He went 0-for-3 yesterday in the first game of a three game series against South Carolina. The schedule for the top draft prospects...

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