Jeff Karstens will throw two innings in minor league camp today. - Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates
The first cuts from major league camp came today, and the first games in minor league camp start this afternoon. I'll be covering the home games at Pirate City, which will include the Triple-A and Double-A teams, and possibly an intra-squad game with the short-season players. For now, here's some notes.
**I talked with Duke Welker after he arrived from major league camp. Welker mentioned that he had some stiffness in his shoulder the last few days. He will start throwing today after taking four days off. The shoulder isn't considered too serious, and the Pirates were being cautious giving him time off. He said that if it was the middle of the year, he'd be playing.
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