Pirates Notebook: How long until we see Kevin Hart?

Earlier today it looked like Kevin Hart would be the starting pitcher tomorrow for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Instead, Hart made his regularly scheduled start for Indianapolis, leaving Chris Jakubauskas as the starter tomorrow.  In that start, Hart was excellent, with one run allowed on five hits in five innings, along with a walk and five strikeouts.  This was against the same Louisville team that Hart pitched three no-hit...

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Pirates cut Kratz, Jaramillo the backup catcher

According to Jennifer Langosch, the Pittsburgh Pirates have cut catcher Erik Kratz, making it official that Jason Jaramillo will open the season as the backup catcher behind Ryan Doumit. Officially there are five spots that remain open on the 25-man roster, although Delwyn Young is a lock for a bench spot, D.J. Carrasco is a lock for a bullpen spot, and John Raynor and Hayden Penn have good chances of making the team, as the Pirates...

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Upcoming 40-man roster moves

With Spring Training winding down, there will be a lot of roster shuffling this week in order to set the final 25-man.  We already saw Hayden Penn claimed and Brandon Moss designated for assignment today.  My current 25-man roster projection still has two more moves that would need to be made to add the likes of D.J. Carrasco and Jack Taschner, or whoever gets the final bullpen spot (it’s guaranteed to be a player that...

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Young to try third base

Rob Biertempfel reports that Delwyn Young has begun working out at third base, in hopes of adding the position to his repertoire. [Link]

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Spring Training Notes

A few notes/observations to close out the night: -I’m going to Spring Training March 23rd-25th.  I’ll be arriving in Bradenton on the 23rd, going to the Red Sox/Pirates game on the 24th, and either going to the Braves/Pirates game on the 25th, or going to Pirates City for some minor league games over there.  I’m hoping to have some video, as well as a lot of photos.  You can access my updates from...

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