The Pirates parted ways with Garret Atkins. That is the beginning of getting a bench set.
The Pirates also have indicated Scott Olsen will start out on the DL which gives Morton the 5th spot. He has come close to earning it, but he will be a disaster. Since it is mental fortitude that is his problem, it will be hard to see how he does except in real games.
We have seen enough now to learn that the Pirates would be battling Baltimore for last in the American League East. They are 1-1 with the Astros.
We also can plainly see that Doumit should spend all of his time focusing on corner outfield and First base because he is awful behind the plate. Two pass balls so far this spring. Still not good at throwing runners out.
You would like to see more from Tabata and Walker, but they will probably be fine.
Lyle Overbay has been even better than hoped for. Let it stick around, please.
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