Spring Synopsis: Nutting, Coonelly to address players

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- Notes, quotes and anecdotes from the Pirates' spring training ...

Day 6: The Pirates' first full-squad workout spanned 2 1/2 hours yesterday, under spotty skies and 75-degree temperatures at Pirate City. The highlight was the first live batting practice, with Tom Gorzelanny, Ian Snell and Matt Capps among the 17 pitchers participating.

There also was plenty of infield work, including Doug Mientkiewicz getting his first trial at third base, along with pitchers' fielding, proper coverage of bases and the wheel play.

Today: The other half of the pitchers take their turn, with the workout beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Before that, owner Bob Nutting and team president Frank Coonelly, who arrived in Bradenton yesterday, will address the players in the cafeteria. Later in the day, those two will take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Pirate City headquarters building.

Camp roster: 65, with 37 pitchers, six catchers and 22 position players.

Injury updates: Second baseman Freddy Sanchez (shoulder) stayed out of infield drills because of his limited throwing and should stay out again today. ... Reliever Damaso Marte (flu) did not pitch, but he did his first light throwing. He will not pitch until later in the week. ... Minor-league pitcher Josh Shortslef, shut down last week by left shoulder weakness, had an MRI that showed inflammation. There remains no timetable for his return to throwing.

Battle lines: The pending addition of Byung-Hyun Kim will reduce the number of bullpen vacancies from four to three. And, if Franquelis Osoria makes it, as some expect, that number will be just two. With dozens vying for it.

That would appear to leave room for one long man, likely someone who can start in a pinch, and one power arm, that based on the Pirates' repeated statements that they hope to add that facet.

The list remains long, but expect Jaret Wright to get a good look for that long role.

Fun in the sun: Greatest catcher in franchise history?

That position is not as easy for some Pirates fans to choose as, say, shortstop, where Honus Wagner might have been the best in baseball history.

But Chuck Tanner had an easy time with this one. He reached across to the big Panamanian seated next to him by one of Pirate City's four fields yesterday, placed his hand on his shoulder and said, "Manny Sanguillen is the best."

Sanguillen just kept smiling.

Anyone care to argue?

Overheard: Third baseman Neil Walker, upon seeing Bill Mazeroski enter the clubhouse yesterday morning: "The legend is here!"

Countdown to Atlanta: 40 days.



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