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Pirates Notebook: Looking at the Strategy of Getting More Rest For the Starters

Francisco Cervelli is off today. Photo Credit: David Hague
Pirates Notebook: Looking at the Strategy of Getting More Rest For the Starters

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates will play on Thursday without Francisco Cervelli or David Freese in the starting lineup. Wednesday, they held out Josh Harrison.

None of those players are hurt. It’s just a part of the Pirates’ dedication to providing an adequate amount of mid-season rest for their players. With the Pirates only getting one day off the entire month of May — and they used to travel back from the Arizona — the team has been proactive about getting players they feel that need more rest out of the lineup.

“I believe being proactive with it is the best way,” manager Clint Hurdle said this week. “Instead of saying well, he had a good day, the mindset was always to take the guy out after he’s 0 for 20, when he probably should have had a day off before then. Now you’re going to take ...

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