Prior to the Pirates final spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin during Grapefruit League action in Florida, the club optioned right-handers Brad Lincoln and Daniel McCutchen to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Lincoln, 26, made one start (four appearances) this spring. He allowed 10 runs on 12 hits over 8.0 innings with five walks, five strikeouts and three home runs allowed.
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After his final Grapefruit League appearance, where he allowed three runs on two hits over 2.0 innings on Friday, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said he was under consideration as the long man in the bullpen.
"He’s not going to be a starter, so that’s the only opportunity for him to make the club,"Hurdle said after the game.