BRADENTON, Fla. — On Saturday morning, Austin Meadows was hanging out in the Pirates’ clubhouse, when Gerrit Cole decided to give him a chirp from across the room about Meadows’ propensity to carry around a gallon jug of water.

Meadows is focusing on his health this spring and hasn’t hid that he’s trying to stay hydrated, but the subtle dig carried more weight than that. Cole is the team’s Opening Day starter. In some clubhouses, the presence of a 21-year-old in his first major-league camp wouldn’t even get noticed by someone in Cole’s position, let alone be someone who Cole has gotten to know well enough to take a friendly shot.

The Pirates reassigned Meadows to minor-league camp on Monday, ending a long run for the first-round pick and the youngest player in major-league camp. But ...

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