BRADENTON, Fla. -- With just a week until Opening Day at PNC Park on April 5 in Pittsburgh, prior to the Pirates 1:05 start against the Minnesota Twins, the club reassigned infielder Nick Evans, Jake Fox, catcher Eric Fryer and right-hander Ryota Igarashi to Minor League camp.
Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said he hopes to retain all four of the players to Triple-A, and each could have a chance to help out the club at some point this season.
"We actually hope to retain all four that went out today," Huntington said. "We expect that they are going to help up at some point this year. A ton is made of Opening Day, but there’s going to be changes by the time we get to June 5, by the time we get to August 5. We went through way too many players last year. We hope to not come anywhere near that number this year, but we are certainly going to use more than 25."
"Each of these guys brings a different level of value. Some have had better springs than others, some we brought t...