Another quiet day on the ranch...guess that's good news, hey? The beat guys report:
-- Scott Olsen was diagnosed with a slightly strained hammy; he'll be off a week before the docs check him out again. If he just misses a week, it shouldn't hurt him in his battle with Charlie Morton for the fifth rotation spot, but if it lingers, he could be in trouble before he even gets out of the gate - and give new life to darkhorses like Brad Lincoln, Brian Burres or even Rudy Owens.
-- Everybody is in camp as of today and ready to go; we believe that Jeff Clement, Kevin Hart and Donnie Veal are the only guys that aren't ready to go full-tilt.
-- Looks like this year's player-under-the-microscope will be Pedro Alvarez and his beefy bod. Hey, he's a big kid, and conditioning doesn't seem to be his favorite way to spend the winter. The Pirates could keep a better eye on him in the off-season, but the faster he eats his way to first base, the better off the team is in the long run.
-- Steve Pearce got some balls in the outfield; Pedro took some throws at first base.
-- Tom Krasovic of Fanhouse tweets that "UCLA hoss Cole being scouted today by Pirates, Mariners, Diamondbacks, Padres, others. If drafted No. 1, West Coast Bias not stunned."
That "hoss" would be UCLA RHP Gerrit Cole, a flame-throwing strikeout artist and potential top pick in the 2011 draft.
-- The Blue Jays agreed to a $64M, 5-year extension with ex-Bucco Jose Bautista. He'll earn $8M in 2011 and $14M/season from 2012-15 with a team $14M option for 2016. Funny what 54 bombs will do for your bank account.
-- Sean Casey keeps on keepin' on. He's working on a new area Field of Dreams, this one in Upper St. Clair. It will cost an estimated $1M to build; he's already raised half the money. Colin Dunlap of the Post-Gazette has the story.