ShareThis Page
Pirates

Pirates' Sanchez rounding into form

| Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

Second baseman Freddy Sanchez has been long-tossing from 120 and 150 feet without problems after battling shoulder troubles for much of last season.

"Perry (Perry Hill, the team's infield instructor) has been working with Freddy on positioning and how he sets up to throw," Russell said. "It takes a lot of stress off his arm. It's made a big difference for him."

• Backup infielder Luis Cruz suffered a strained left hip flexor during the first hour of Tuesday's final workout at Pirate City. Cruz is expected to miss up to a week.

• Andy LaRoche (back) took live batting practice for the first time yesterday. He might be ready to play Thursday against the Boston Red Sox.

• The Pirates will use nine relievers today against the Philadelphia Phillies. Manager John Russell said the goal in the early batch of spring games is to see pitchers applying what they've been taught.

"First-pitch strikes, get ahead, get early out, use the changeup, things like that," Russell said. "The first outing of spring training sometimes is a little shaky, and we understand that, but the message and the process should be the same."

• Infielder Ruben Gotay, who's spent time with the Royals, Mets and Braves, signed a minor-league contract and will report to the team's minor-league camp.

• Eight Pirates players — only two from the major-league roster — were chosen for the World Baseball Classic final rosters. Infielder Ramon Vazquez and right-hander Ian Snell will play for Puerto Rico. Others selected were Dave Davidson (Canada), Ray Chang (China), Eliecer Navarro (Panama), Chi-Hung Cheng (Chinese Taipei), Josh Hill (Australia) and Paul Mildren (Australia).

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me