BRADENTON, Fla. - The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Monday morning that they have made their first cuts of Spring Training. Clay Holmes and Nick Kingham have been optioned to Indianapolis, while Tyler Eppler, Cody Dickson, Jin-De Jhang and Kevin Newman have been reassigned to minor league camp. That leaves 56 players still in Major League camp.

None of these players had any chance to make the Opening Day roster going into Spring Training, so there are no surprises among the first cuts. With starting pitchers continuing to get stretched out at this point, players like Kingham, Holmes and Eppler will go to minor league camp and continue to get ready for the season. The Pirates have eight other starters on the Major League side doing the same thing, so eventually they needed to move the ...

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