Just a few observations from Monday morning at Pirate City, as I'm heading home now:

-- Erik Bedard is wearing a knee brace, which I wasn't aware of until Tom Smith noticed it this morning.

-- Most of the pitchers seem a bit wild.  I've never been to spring training this early, so I'm guessing this is typical.  During live BP the hitters generally don't swing much.  One exception was Doug Slaten, a veteran LH reliever who's trying to make the team on an NRI.  He was getting hit hard, much of it by lefty-swinging Jeff Clement.

-- Guys who seem to be swinging well early:  Jake Fox, Nick Evans, Jordy Mercer and Clement.  Pedro Alvarez launched some long bombs today.

--  I wasn't able to locate catcher Jose Morales, nor could anybody else I spoke to.  Catchers aren't hard to spot in camp; ...

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