Day Nine of Spring Training

Good morning from Pirate City.

— Early camp for the Bucs minor leaguers kicked off this morning, so the Pirates clubhouse was a busy one. The MiLB guys take the field at Pirate City at 2PM, shortly after the big league club is done for the day.

— After having Sunday off (except for Charlie Morton, who threw a bullpen), the pitchers will throw live BP today. Those scheduled are as follows:

Field 1: Erik Bedard, Joel Hanrahan, Jo-Jo Reyes, Daniel McCutchen

Field 2: Tony Watson, Evan Meek, Shairon Martis, Chris Leroux

Field 3: James McDonald, Juan Cruz, Doug Slaten, Daniel Cabrera

Field 4: Brad Lincoln, Chris Resop, Jason Grilli, Ryota Igarashi

Pitchers will throw “two innings” 18 pitches per inning, 40 max starting at 11:35.

Here are a few short videos of the bullpens this afternoon: Lincoln, Meek

— Tomorrow’s scheduled live BP will be:

A.J. Burnett, Jeff Locke, Logan Kensing, Tim Wood, Jeff Karstens, Daniel Moskos, Bryan Morris, Mike Crotta, Kyle McPherson, Rudy Owens, Jared Hughes, Kevin Correia, Gerrit Cole, Justin Wilson and Duke Welker.

— Position players are scheduled for fundamental drills, defense, live BP and staff BP.

Here is a video on the infielders taking grounders.

On Field 4: Nick Evans, Jeff Clement worked on drills at first; Matt Hague, Josh Harrison at third; Chase d’Arnaud, Jordy Mercer at short; Yamaico Navarro at second.

On Field 1: Casey McGehee, Pedro Alvarez at third; Anderson Hernandez, Neil Walker at second; Clint Barmes at short; Garrett Jones, Jake Fox at first. McGehee also moved over to take grounders at first base.

On both fields, minor leaguers came out to run the bases as the big league club worked on run downs, pick offs, etc.

— Pitchers will work on fundamentals, PFP, bunt, slug bunts, and conditioning.

— Courtesy of the Pirates, here are a few recent video interviews:

Matt Hague

Jared Hughes

Casey McGehee 

— Quote of the day on the Pirates schedule: “Those on top of the mountain did not fall there.” ~unknown

— Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle was asked after workouts today about the Inter squad pitching breakdown for Fri and Sat. Hurdle said he has it all charted down, but didn’t have the chart in front of him. The schedule on the bulletin board has listed the following pitchers to throw on Friday: A.J. Burnett, Justin Wilson, Jared Hughes, Daniel Moskos, Bryan Morris, Duke Welker, Gerrit Cole, Mike Crotta, Daniel Cabrera.