Two weeks ago, Tony Watson came over to minor league camp to get some work in. That's not uncommon, since the Pirates send a lot of their established pitchers over to minor league camp to get innings. This allows the Major League coaching staff to get a closer look at the guys battling for roster spots, while still allowing guys like Watson to get their innings and get ready for the season.
On this day, Watson threw two innings, which I didn't think much of. Watson has gone multiple innings in the past in the majors, so I chalked this up to him getting ready for the season and getting ready for the possibility of multiple innings at some point. A few days later I noticed the same thing from Justin Wilson, and I had the same thought since Wilson is a former starter who can go multiple innings.
Then I saw Jason Grilli throw two innings, which was unexpected. Mark Melancon threw two innings in his trip to Pirate City on Thursday. And Watson made a second trip to Pirate City this pas...
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