BRADENTON, Fla. -- Kevin Siegrist's tenure in the majors started as well as possible, as he went from midseason promotion in 2013 to valuable member of the bullpen for the pennant-winning Cardinals.

The Pirates can personally attest to that, as the then-rookie Siegrist pitched against them twice in that year's National League Division Series. Overall, Siegrist has faced Clint Hurdle's club 26 times in the regular season, holding them to a cumulative .185/.286/.293 batting line.

"The success he's had from the left side is hard to find," Hurdle said after Saturday's 13-5 win over Minnesota. "He's a guy we're going to take a good look at and give some time, what he needs to get in really good pitching shape."

So there's some serious benefit of the doubt for the non-roster invitee, bu...

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