"Sometimes you learn as much, if not more, about your players when everything is not going well," Hurdle said. "How they handle themselves, how they continue to work, how they show up. This is part of the challenge for him, to find a way to push through it, and I believe he will."
• Grilli went two innings in a Minor League start at Pirate City, pitching hitless ball while picking up one strikeout.
• The Bucs continue to list a DH in their lineups, but their starting pitchers have begun to take turns at bat when pitching in Minor League games at the Pirate City camp.
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