BRADENTON, Fla. - With just one actual Grapefruit League game to his credit entering Tuesday, it could be argued Joe Musgrove is facing an uphill battle to be ready for his first start of the season.
A couple of things get in the way of that quick-trigger perception.
For one, because of the two off days in the first week of the schedule, the Pirates don't need to use their fifth starter until Sunday, April 8. That's 10 days after the season begins in Detroit, so there's some extra built-in time for Musgrove to prepare.
Also, in terms of actual workload, Musgrove pitched two innings (31 pitches) in a minor-league game March 9 in addition to his 2 2/3 innings in Tampa against the Yankees on March 15. That would make Tuesday's scheduled start against the Red Sox in Fort Myers his thi...
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