Beckman pitched 1.2 innings in today's Spring Training game.
During today's Pirates spring opener versus the Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Kevin Correia wasn't able to complete his schedule two innings due to reaching his pitch count. Prior to the game, Joe Beimel, who was scheduled to make his spring debut, felt some soreness in his left elbow so he was scratched and he is currently listed as day-to-day.
Those two incidents led to Ryan Beckman coming out of the bullpen in the second inning to not only finish the inning, but to come back out to pitch the 3rd inning. In doing so he impressed the Pirates and the sold out crowd by retiring all five batters he faced in his first ever major league spring training game. I had a chance to talk to the 21 year old 2009 18th round draft ...
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