Bay, other veterans report to Pirates' camp

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- Four more veterans -- outfielders Jason Bay and Xavier Nady, shortstop Jack Wilson and first baseman Adam LaRoche -- reported this morning and afternoon to the Pirates' spring training.

All position players, who were required to report to Bradenton by midnight tonight, were at Pirate City by 2 p.m.

Wilson and LaRoche arrived early enough to have a light infield workout, and all four had a chance to mingle with manager John Russell, the new coaching staff and some new teammates.

Bay, who made clear yesterday his intent to put behind him recent critical remarks about the team's lack of roster moves this offseason, appeared to be in high spirits.

"I've talked to a few players, and they've said that they already can feel that the air is a little different around here, just the way things are run and certain little idiosyncrasies that have changed," Bay said. "I think it's great. For the young team we have, it's great to just lay down the law and have that concrete guidance. We need that structure and, from what I've heard, this is quite structured."

The first full-squad workout is tomorrow morning.

Reliever Damaso Marte, out with the flu all spring, has been cleared for activity and did some light running.

The pitchers stayed off the mounds for the first time, but they will return for live batting practice beginning tomorrow.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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