It’s the second time in three years that Jeff Locke begins the season as a Pirates starter. The last time was in 2013 due to injuries to Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton.
Last year, Vance Worley started some meaningful games down the stretch. Now, Worley will start the year in the bullpen.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, along with GM Kevin Colbert and offensive coordinator Todd Haley attended the Pirates game Monday in Bradenton before heading to Tallahassee.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle named Jeff Locke the fourth starter over Vance Worley on Monday.
It seems like this has become an annual pilgrimage, as Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin visited Bradenton and Pirates Spring Training camp on Monday. On his visits, Tomlin normally has a chuckle with the media, catches up with his pal Clint Hurdle and takes in a workout, game or both. But as he was there on Monday, it got me thinking … what if Tomlin had to, legitimately, select someone out of Pirates camp to take to St. Vincent?
Former Pirate Kevin Young knows the defensive transition Pedro Alvarez is going through. The Pirates hired Young and he has spent all Spring Training as a special assistant helping Alvarez and the other first basemen get ready for the season.
Saying all Pirates, current and former, are a family, Mike LaValliere is back with the club as a Spring Training Special Instructor.
For a second straight day, a Pirates 2013 first-round pick had an extra base hit in his first major league Spring Training at bat.
Rookie second basement baseman Jung Ho Kang homered and drove in three runs as the Pirates beat the Braves 4-2 in Kissimmee Sunday afternoon.
Shelby Miller allowed one hit in six innings, solidifying a spot in Atlanta’s rotation as the Braves lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 Sunday.
Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said there was some miscommunication and Charlie Morton’s start on Saturday was not make-or-break and that Morton is ready to go following hip surgery in September.
The Pirates first round pick in 2013 Reese McGuire thought he was just coming over to McKechnie Field Saturday to work as a bullpen catcher, but he ended getting to pinch-hit in the major league game and doubled in his only at bat.
Pirates starter Charlie Morton threw 88 pitches giving up 3 earned runs over 6 innings as the Pirates beat Toronto 8-3 Saturday afternoon.
Gregory Polanco homered for the second straight day and Neil Walker hit a two-run double Saturday, as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat a Toronto Blue Jays split squad 8-3.
As the roster narrows approaching Opening Day, 25-year-old Pirates outfielder Jaff Decker is still here and hope his familiarity with the team will make the decision on the final outfield spot hard on manager Clint Hurdle and GM Neal Huntington.