Pirates set pitching plans for early set of games

Pirates set pitching plans for early set of games

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Bucs completed the first phase of their Spring Training on Sunday, pulling up Pirate City stakes. Work done, immediate pitching plans set.

Next stop, McKechnie Field and one more pit stop before the onset of play: Monday's Black and Gold intrasquad game, which precedes Tuesday's Grapefruit League opener against Russell Martin's Blue Jays in Dunedin.

On his way out the door of Pirate City, manager Clint Hurdle announced the team's extensive pitching lineup through the first three exhibitions, as arranged by pitching coach Ray Searage.

Tuesday: Casey Sadler will start and go two innings, to be followed by Stolmy Pimentel, Bobby LaFromboise, Rob Scahill, Brad Lincoln, Arquimedes Caminero and Josh Wall.

Wednesday (McKechnie opener, versus Toronto): Gerrit Cole and Vance Worley (two innings each), Radhames Liz, Tony Watson, Jared Hughes, Antonio Bastardo and John Holdzkom.

Thursday (versus Yankees): Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton (two innings each), Clayton Richard, Mark Melancon, Jeremy Bleich, Deolis Guerra and Tyler Glasnow.

As a whole, the Bucs had an unusually brief encampment at their training complex: only five full-squad, full-day workouts, with Sunday's drills curtailed by an annual golf outing. But Hurdle was pleased that the time was maximized.

"The work had been good, efficient," the manager said. "The guys have gone about their work very focused, and have begun working real well together as a group."

That last point is not to be taken lightly, as the Bucs checked in here with 16 newcomers on their 40-man roster.

Tom Singer covers the Pirates for MLB.com. He has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2001 and has covered baseball since 1974.

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