The Pittsburgh Pirates have had a few minor injuries to their position players in the early part of Spring Training. Clint Hurdle talked today about the three big names who project to make the team.
**Corey Hart played his first game today in the B game at Pirate City. Hart was the designated hitter and went 0-for-3. Afterward, Hurdle said that he was responding well to the playing time.
“Corey did well. He got to see pitches, he didn’t favor it, and he got a swing off,” Hurdle said of the performance.
**Josh Harrison returned today after taking five days off with ankle discomfort. Harrison rolled his ankle in his first game on March 4th, and hasn’t played since returning to third base today. He made some nice plays on the field, including a diving stop on a hard hit ball that went quickly to third base.
“I didn’t see any mis-steps from him,” Hurdle said. “I didn’t see him favor anything. He said it was good for him because the first ball hit to him, he didn’t have time to think about catching it.”
**Earlier today the Pirates announced that Pedro Alvarez has missed a few games with elbow discomfort. Alvarez will be out a few more days with what is being described as a “mild hyperextension.” Hurdle didn’t have any additional updates, and said he wasn’t concerned with the injury.