Pirates Make What Appears to be Final Cuts
The Pittsburgh Pirates made the following moves this morning:
Optioned Kyle McPherson, Alex Presley, and Jordy Mercer to Triple-A.
Re-assigned Lucas May, Ryan Reid, Mike Zagurski, Carlos Paulino, Vin Mazzaro, and Felix Pie to minor league camp.
That leaves 26 active players in camp, although Brandon Inge could start the year on the disabled list, with Josh Harrison making the bench.
Jeanmar Gomez is in the bullpen today, so it looks like Jeff Locke will be the fifth starter.
The roster as it stands now:
Bench: Michael McKenry, Gaby Sanchez, John McDonald, Jose Tabata, Brandon Inge/Josh Harrison
Bullpen: Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, Jared Hughes, Tony Watson, Justin Wilson, Chris Leroux, Jeanmar Gomez
Rotation: A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez, James McDonald, Jonathan Sanchez, Jeff Locke
Catcher – Russell Martin
First Base – Garrett Jones
Second Base – Neil Walker
Shortstop – Clint Barmes
Third Base – Pedro Alvarez
Outfield – Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, Travis Snider