The Pittsburgh Pirates announced their roster for Opening Day on Sunday morning, making the final four roster moves to get down to 25 players. Alen Hanson and Phil Gosselin won the final two bench spots, while Chris Stewart and Gregory Polanco were both cleared to play on Opening Day. Jose Osuna was optioned to Indianapolis, while Jackson Williams, Jacob Stallings and Danny Ortiz were all reassigned to minor league camp. The full roster can be viewed below.
The final bench spot really came down to Phil Gosselin, who had a solid spring and has played parts of four seasons in the majors, or Jose Osuna, who had a terrific spring, but only has a half season of Triple-A experience. Alen Hanson was said to be fighting for a job, but it ...
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