BRADENTON, Fla. - The Pirates have been faced with questions all spring about how they will handle losing so many players from Spring Training action to the World Baseball Classic.
They're losing their entire starting outfield, with Andrew McCutchen playing for Team USA and Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco playing for the Dominican Republic. Francisco Cervelli will play for Italy, while Josh Harrison was recently added to Team USA. That removes five of their eight regular starters. They will also send Eric Wood to Team Canada. Ivan Nova, Jared Lakind, and Luis Escobar could also go, with the latter not being in MLB camp.
The concern all along is that missing those players could impact the development and buildup of most of the starting lineup heading into the season. But the silver...
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