First Pitch: Who Wants to Hit a Left-Hander?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a problem. The team has four spots on the field which could require a platoon, due to the fact that they have so many players who can’t hit left-handers. The obvious player is Garrett Jones, who is established as a platoon player at this point. In his career, Jones has an .851 OPS against right-handers, and a .590 OPS against left-handers. The Pirates acquired Gaby Sanchez last year, aimed at...

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Pirates Pregame: Mercer’s Role and Hurdle on Strasburg

Jordy Mercer will start at second base again today when the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Washington Nationals. Mercer, as many of you probably know by now, was called up Friday afternoon when Neil Walker was placed on the disabled list and hit what proved to be the game-winning home run in the fifth inning of the Pirates 3-1 win. Mercer had been playing extremely well for Triple-A Indianapolis but almost exclusively as a shortstop. The...

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Injury Notes: D’Arnaud, Garrett Jones, Tony Watson

Here are a few injury updates from major league camp, along with a non-injury update. **Chase d’Arnaud, who is dealing with a sprained thumb, is going to have an appointment for an MRI soon. He has been looked at here in Bradenton, but the Pirates and d’Arnaud wanted to get a second opinion. **Garrett Jones (oblique) took some swings in the cage today and played catch. He will try to take live batting practice tomorrow,...

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Injury Notes: Chase D’Arnaud, Anderson Hernandez

Two injury updates from McKechnie Field this morning: **Chase d’Arnaud injured his left thumb during rundown drills this morning. He will be replaced today in the lineup by Ivan De Jesus Jr. D’Arnaud said it was too early to tell how serious the injury was, but that he didn’t think it was going to be serious. **Anderson Hernandez hurt his right shoulder last night. There’s no timetable for his...

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Spring Training 2013 Position Battles: The Bench

With pitchers and catchers reporting today, and Spring Training starting up this week, we will be previewing the position battles to follow throughout the Spring. To keep track of the players who are in camp, and the updated status of each position battle, check out the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Tracker. I’ve already reviewed two of the position battles heading into Spring Training, looking at the starting rotation...

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