Going into today, there were 28 players who were still with the Pirates and one of those players, Juan Cruz, was not on the 40-man roster. Just about everything played out the way we all though, but there were some surprises on the moves made.
A.J. Burnett and Charlie Morton were both placed on the 15-day disabled list, cutting the club to 26. Then, to make room for Cruz on both the 25 and 40 man rosters, Chris Leroux was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a strained pectoral muscle that he injured on Tuesday.
What the moves mean is that new fan favorite, Matt Hague, has made the team and will serve as a bench player. Also, both Josh Harrison and Yamaico Navarro will be on the Opening Day roster as added depth to the bench.
The pitching staff will start off the season with just 11 pitchers (4 starters, 7 relievers) as the Pirates chose to have an extra bench bat for the first couple weeks as opposed to an extra reliever. The team will not need a 5th starter until April 15th, so we can expect another change then to add a pitcher.