BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates bench battle got a bit clearer on Saturday, as the Pirates optioned outfielder Jordan Luplow to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Luplow, who was sent down along with catcher Jacob Stallings and relievers Tyler Jones and Richard Rodriguez, was the one of three players still in camp battling for the Pirates final bench spot.

Backup catcher Elias Diaz, infielder David Freese, and utilitymen Adam Frazier and Sean Rodriguez have four bench spots locked down. With Luplow’s dismissal, it’ll come down to Bryce Brentz and Jose Osuna for the final spot.

“We’re still working through that,” general manager Neal Huntington said. “That’s part of the reason we made the move with Jordan today. We’ve got a couple of other guys that we feel can do a nice job and allow us to cont...

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