Indians Spring Report: No Cuts ThursdayMarch 22, 2012 - International League (IL) Indianapolis Indians
The Pirates roster currently boasts 39 active players, including nine non-roster invitees. Pittsburgh is currently carrying 20 pitchers (five NRI), five catchers (three NRI), ten infielders (one NRI) and four outfielders. The active roster must be trimmed to 25 players by Opening Day.
In game action Thursday, the Pirates lost to the Tampa Bay Rays, 8-6. Pittsburgh started nearly its entire projected Opening Day lineup except in right field, where Nick Evans started in place of projected starter Jose Tabata. Evans, who has played in 159 major league games (all with the New York Mets) since making his debut in 2008, is expected to start the 2012 season with the Indianapolis Indians. He went 1-for-2 in the game with an infield single and a walk.
Other potential Indians who appeared in Thursday's big league game included catcher Jake Fox, who grounded out in his only at bat; pinch hitter Matt Hague, who had a two-out single to shortstop before being stranded on base in the eighth; and shortstop Jordy Mercer, who singled to right to led off the ninth but was also stranded.
From the you-don't-see-that-everday department, Fox and Mercer were involved in a 9-2-6-3-8 putout of Rays designated hitter Matt Mangini after Mangini had singled to right in the eight and was caught in a rundown between first and second. A day earlier, Hague helped with a 3-4-2-5 putout of Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway.
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