KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The battle for the backup utility/bench job looks to be a tough competition during the final week of spring training. Other than the starting nine, the club has five spots for bench roles. Nate McLouth is a lock for the fourth outfielder, Michael McKenry will back up Rod Barajas at the plate, and the club will go with Casey McGehee in part of a platoon at first base with Garrett Jones. That leaves two positions open for the corner infield/bench roles.
Five players remain for the final two spots, but realistically the competition comes down to three: Matt Hague, Josh Harrison and Yamacio Navarro. And all three have had hot springs.
Hague, 26, leads the team with four home runs and has hit .417 over 18 games.
Harrison, 24, leads the team with seven doubles and has hit .500 over 16 games.
Navarro, 24, had a 4-for-4 day yesterday and has hit .366 over 19 games.
On Sunday, Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said he would be comfortable bringing either J...