Friday, March 21, 2014

Cuts & Keeps, Late News, Lineup Changes

The only constant is change...
  • Clint Hurdle made two lineup changes: Josh Harrison will play left, replacing Starling Marte, who has a headache, and Mike Martinez will play second, bumping The Kid to DH. Clint Barmes played a game at Pirate City this afternoon and won't make the trip.
  • NH announced to the media gang that Tony Sanchez will back up Russ Martin while Chris Stewart (who is back at camp, albeit on crutches) is on the mend.
  • The Pirates have reassigned five players to minor league camp: Utility man Chase d'Arnaud and pitchers Jake Brigham, Cody Eppley, Josh Kinney & Yao-Hsun Yang. They also optioned three players to AAA Indy: P Phil Irwin, 1B Chris McGuiness and 3B Brent Morel. That leaves 42 active players in camp (22 pitchers, 4 catchers, 9 infielders and 7 outfielders).
  • The Pirates rank pretty high in Jason Collette of Fangraph's CF ratings
  • Pirate prospect Clay Holmes just had TJ surgery, per Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects.
  • Ex-Bucs: The Rockies have added C Mike McKenry to the 40-man roster, meaning he's won the backup job at Colorado. Also, the Astros have talked to OF Robbie Grossman, who was part of the Wandy trade, about an extension.

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