Saturday, March 12, 2011

Bucs Split Up; Today's Notes

The Pirates are playing split-squad games today. They host the Phillies in Bradenton and will send a squad to Dunedin to take on the Jays, both games starting at 1:05 PM. Ross Ohlendorf starts against the Phillies' Vance Worley, and Jeff Locke will open against the Jays' Ricky Romero. The lineups:

Against Philadelphia:

Lineup: Alex Presley CF, Garrett Jones RF, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Lyle Overbay 1B, Neil Walker 2B, John Bowker LF, Ronny Cedeno SS, Jason Jaramillo C and Ross Ohlendorf P.

Pitchers: Ross Ohlendorf (four innings), Jose Veras (two), Aaron Thompson (two) and Tyler Yates (one).

Against Toronto:

Lineup: Jose Tabata LF, Josh Rodriguez 2B, Andrew McCutchen CF, Matt Diaz RF, Andy Marte 3B, Josh Fields 1B, Garrett Atkins DH, Dusty Brown C, Corey Wimberly SS and Jeff Locke P.

Pitchers: Jeff Locke (two innings), Sean Gallagher (three), Daniel McCutchen (two), Ramon Aguero (one) and Mike Crotta (two).


-- McCutch has nerve irritation in his wrist, but it's minor - he's in the lineup today.

-- J-Mac suffers from "discomfort" in his left side; the team is going to sit him down a couple of days and then evaluate his condition. This could be a little more serious; he may miss a start or two in camp, but is expected to be good to go for the season.

-- Chris Snyder was scratched from the lineup with back tightness; he's been out since Wednesday and day-to-day.

-- Ryan Doumit and Kevin Hart are still in recovery mode; Jose Ascanio is throwing and progressing some; and Scott Olsen is close to returning

-- The Bucs sent four pitchers to the minors: RHP Kyle McPherson went to Bradenton, RHP Bryan Morris went to Indy; and LHPs Justin Wilson and Rudy Owens were reassigned to minor league camp.

-- Mt. Lebanon native Chuck Greenburg is out in Texas.

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