The Pirates, still early in spring training, ran some light drills on Tuesday morning.  The regimen consisted mainly of drilling the pitchers on backing up bases, fielding grounders, and numerous pitchers throwing briefly to hitters.  Among the pitchers getting some mound work were A.J. Burnett, James McDonald, Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, and Jeff Locke.

Justin Wilson

The hitters struggled to get much wood on the ball against Vic Black, another reminder that, if he can get enough pitches over the plate, he has a very high ceiling as a late-inning reliever.  Justin Wilson also got some mound time and looked slimmed down from previous years.

The "backup" infield taking grounders included Jordy Mercer and Anderson Hernandez at second; Ivan De Jesus, Jr....

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