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Pirates notes: Reliever Hernandez reports

| Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006

Right-handed relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez arrived at camp Tuesday after missing the first four days of spring-training workouts due to a team-excused absence. Hernandez said he was dealing with family issues -- specifically, an ailing father. Hernandez threw a bullpen session yesterday.

  • Pitchers Oliver Perez, Sean Burnett and Ian Snell did not throw bullpen sessions yesterday, though manager Jim Tracy reported that each was healthy and simply chose not to throw.

  • Shortstop Jack Wilson and outfielder Jason Bay began arriving last week, but all position players were due in Bradenton by this morning. The first official full-roster workout will take place this afternoon at Pirate City after arriving position players undergo physical examinations.

    Hitters will take batting practice against the pitchers, but they won't swing the bat. Tracy said pitch-tracking drills will be the emphasis of the first BP session.

  • Left-handed pitcher Paul Maholm reported no problem with his hamstring and tossed a bullpen session yesterday. Maholm was held out of a session on Monday because his hamstring was feeling tight.

  • Throwing a bullpen session for the first time yesterday was non-roster invitee Giovanni Carrara, who reported to camp Monday. He had missed the first three days of spring training due to visa problems in his native Venezuela.

  • Third-base prospect Jose Bautista said his left wrist "felt fine" after taking part in a batting practice session, Monday -- the first time Bautista took batting practice since sustaining a slightly fractured left wrist last month during winter ball. Bautista, who is considered the club's third baseman of the future, also took part in a batting practice session yesterday.

  • Infielder and non-roster invitee Jose Hernandez arrived at spring training yesterday to begin his second stint with the Pirates. Hernandez was with the team for two months in 2003. He spent 2004 with the Dodgers, who were at the time managed by Tracy. The point: Hernandez has a pretty good idea what to expect from Tracy when the manager gives the full roster a speech today during a late-afternoon meeting.

    "He always says two things and then he'll probably go more than two things -- it'll probably last about an hour and a half," Hernandez joked. "I'll have to warn some of the younger players and new guys about that."

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