After a series of roster moves on Wednesday afternoon, prior to the club's workout at PNC Park, the Pirates bench has become clear.
The Pirates have decided to carry an extra bat to start the season, rather than an extra arm in the pen. Matt Hague, Josh Harrison and Yamaico Navarro all made the club on the bench.
Last seasons bench consisted of players such as Matt Diaz, Jason Jaramillo, Xavier Paul and Brandon Wood. The Pirates 2012 bench appears to be much stronger, proving a good mix of young players, veterans, versatility, and some pop in the bats.
Bench: Matt Hague, Josh Harrison, Casey McGehee, Michael McKenry, Nate McLouth, Yamaico Navarro.
Only Harrison and McKenry return to the club from 2011. The rest of the bench is made up of: Hague, who has shown some power this spring -- belting out seven long balls over 55 at-bats, McGehee, who the club acquired from the Brewers to platoon at first with Garrett Jones, McLouth, who is returning to Pittsburgh, the place he won ...