Notes: Bucs work through chilly day

Notes: Bucs work through chilly day

BRADENTON, Fla. -- After a one-day respite from the cool weather saw many Pirates players shedding layers, the coats, caps and gloves went right back on Sunday as the wind howled fiercely.

Strange that the 50-degree temperature would seem chilly to the Pirates when they left snow- and- ice-laden Pittsburgh less than a week ago, but the 30-mph wind gusts added to an atmosphere that felt more and more like fall tailgating than Spring Training as the day moved on. It was about 25 degrees cooler in Pirate City this week than the normal average according to, but that didn't stop nearly 50 die-hard fans from bundling up to snag autographs and watch the Pirates work out.

Carry a big stick: Fans were treated to a show on Field Four courtesy of 6-foot-5, 275-pound Pirates prospect Brad Eldred, who hit three towering homers into the parking lot behind left-center field.

"Guys with that kind of power don't come around every day," Pittsburgh manager Jim Tracy said. "He can hit a baseball as far as anybody wearing a professional uniform, I firmly believe that. This guy is one powerful man."

Eldred, who missed all but 18 games in 2006 due to a damaged ligament in his left thumb, will likely start the year at Triple-A Indianapolis to be evaluated as he gets a few more at-bats under his belt.

One-on-one: Eldred joined teammate Neil Walker on the half-field at Pirate City for the second consecutive day to get a private fielding lesson from Minor League roving infielding instructor Tony Beasley.

Who's here: In addition to those already in attendance, position players Jose Bautista, Don Kelly, Chris Aguila, Nick Green, Nyjer Morgan, Vic Buttler and Brian Bixler reported Sunday. Jason Bay, Xavier Nady and Javier Guzman were expected to arrive later in the day.

Position players have until Tuesday to report to camp, and the first full-squad workout will occur the following day.

Who's near: Pitcher Tony Armas Jr., thought to be the best candidate to become the fifth starter, has cleared up his U.S. work visa issues and should be in camp Monday.

Armas was delayed in his native Venezuela while waiting for the proper paperwork.

Curse of the first? With a sore throwing elbow sidelining him for the next two weeks, Brad Lincoln (fourth pick, 2006 First-Year Player Draft) became the fourth straight Pirates first-round pitcher pick to suffer injury.

Fortunately, his luck wasn't as bad as his predecessors'. Paul Maholm, the eighth pick in 2003, missed a large chunk of time in 2004 after being hit in the face with a line drive. Bryan Bullington, the first pick of 2002, spent last year rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulder. John Van Benschoten, eighth choice in 2001, has had both shoulders operated on.

He said it: "Where's the hot chocolate?" -- Right-hander Matt Capps, apparently disappointed the Gatorade cooler he stopped at didn't have anything warm inside

Up next: Pitchers and catchers will again hold workouts from 9:50 a.m.-12:40 p.m. ET on Monday at Pirate Field.

Dawn Klemish is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.