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Here are some notes from Bucco camp…
- Jon Morosi of FOX Sports wonders if the Pirates can finally break “The Streak.”
- In Morosi’s article, Bucs’ closer Jason Grilli offered a few interesting comments:
- Jeff Karstens, re-signed to a one-year deal this offseason, has already been slowed due to injury. Via Bill Brink of the Post-Gazette:
Karstens has some tightness in right biceps, he said. Will throw from flat ground today. Explains no live BP. Said no MRI taken yet
— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) February 19, 2013
- Kyle McPherson was rated the second best rookie-eligible pitcher for 2013, according to FanGraphs.
- Russell Martin legitimately wants to play shortstop for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic.
- In “the best shape of his life” mode, Jose Tabata looks to bounce back this year, having dropped 10 pounds in the offseason.
- Clint Hurdle‘s contract extension is official.
- Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and Luis Heredia all made Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list.