• Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Minor League Camp Schedule

    A week from today all of the Pittsburgh Pirates' minor league players will report to Spring Training for the start of minor league camp. A lot of players have either already reported, or will be reporting today. The schedule below gives the important dates for minor league camp, as well as the...

  • Erik Bedard Feeling Healthy and Strong

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON -- Erik Bedard signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates in December, adding a lefty to the rotation, and depth to the pitching staff. Over the off-season, Bedard has been working hard to be healthy and strong heading into the 2012 season. "Just the normal stuff: workout the...

  • Nutting has Very High Expectations for 2012

    Bob Nutting Addressing the Team. Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON -- Bob Nutting, the Pirates Chairman of the Board, addressed the team this morning at Pirate City. His message this year was different from a year prior --the expectations are higher heading into 2012. "We have talked about expectations, but I really...

  • Grilli Ready to Compete in the ‘Pen

    BRADENTON -- Whenever Pirates reliever Jason Grilli was given the ball last season with Pittsburgh, he thrived. Grilli pitched from the 5th inning on during the 2011 season, but it was in the back end of the 'pen that Grilli enjoyed the most. “I hope that’s my role," Grilli said of pitching towards the...

  • Hurdle Pleased with First Full Squad Workout

    BRADENTON -- The Pittsburgh Pirates took the field under the sunny skies at Pirate City on Friday at 10 AM for their first official full squad workout. The club worked on conditioning, throwing programs, bunt plays. The infielders took grounders, the outfielders took balls off the center field wall, pitchers ran the...

  • Meek Ready to Prove Himself

    Photo by Mark Olson BRADENTON -- Right-hander Evan Meek focused on several things over the offseason: getting his arm healthy, getting strong, and getting into better shape. The 2011 season was frustrating for Meek, coming off a year prior in which he was named a Pirates All-Star after posting a 1.11 ERA...

  • Lefty Prospect Locke Looking to Impress

    BRADENTON -- Going from Double-A Altoona, to Triple-A Indianapolis, to Pittsburgh during the 2011 season -- all within a month -- was an unforgettable experience for left-hander Jeff Locke. After spending four months with the Curve, Locke was promoted to Indy, where he made just five starts before getting the call to...

  • McKenry Focused on Getting Better Today

    BRADENTON -- Last season was a struggle at the plate for catcher Michael McKenry. Over 58 games with the Pirates in 2011, McKenry, nicknamed "The Fort", hit .222 with 17 runs, 12 doubles, two homers and 11 RBI. But this offseason, McKenry has been working hard to improve his game at the...

  • McGehee Looking to Start Over After Nightmare Season

    Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON -- This offseason infielder Casey McGehee said his first goal was to step as far away from baseball as he could. After the Milwaukee Brewers were eliminated from the playoffs, McGehee turned off the post season games and the World Series. "I didn’t want to talk about it, look...

  • McLouth Looking to Bounce Back From Rough Couple of Years

    BRADENTON -- Since getting traded to the Atlanta Braves in July of 2009, Nate McLouth hasn't played like the All-Star center fielder and Gold Glove winner that Pittsburgh saw during the 2008 season. But this year, McLouth is making sure that will change. After several trips to the disabled list last season and having...

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