Game: Pirates (10-13) vs. Braves (14-11)
Starting pitchers: Kyle McPherson (0-1, 5.68) vs. Mike Minor (1-0, 3.86)
Time: 1:05 p.m.
Place: Champions Stadium, Orlando
Weather: 60 percent chance of thunderstorms. That's not good.
1. Marte lf
2. Tabata rf
3. McCutchen cf
4. Jones 1b
5. Walker 2b
6. Inge 3b
7. Mercer ss
8. McKenry c
9. McPherson RHP
1. Simmons ss
2. Heyward rf
3. J. Upton lf
4. Freeman 1b
5. B.J. Upton cf
6. Dan Uggla 2b
7. Chris Johnson 3b
8. Gattis c
9. Minor LHP
Pirates relievers: Tony Watson, Justin Wilson, Mike Zagurski, Jared Hughes, Vin Mazzaro, Ryan Reid, Tim Alderson, David Bromberg.
Pirates reserves: (Catchers) Carlos Paulino, Lucas May, Kawika Emsley-Pai; (Infielders)Ivan DeJesus Jr., Jared Goedert, Josh Harrison, Gift Ngoepe; (Outfielders) Felix Pie, Alex Presley, Travis Snider, Andrew Lambo, Brad Hawpe.
Shortstop Chase d'Arnaud underwent surgery Monday in Cleveland to repair a torn ligament in his left hand. D'Arnaud sustained the injury during a rundown drill and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. The Pirates have not yet made an official roster move.
"I kinda knew when I got there that I was going to have the surgery," d'Arnaud said.
He will return to the Cleveland Clinic on April 1 -- Opening Day -- for a follow-up visit.
This will be the first time we see Tony Watson in a Grapefruit League game since Feb. 28.
UPDATE 11:45 a.m.
The Pirates released six minor league players today: Alexi Lukashevich, Porfirio Lopez, Michael Colla, Philippe Valiquette, Martires Cadet, Wilson Lee. Additionally, the team will confert infielder Jared Lakind to a pitcher. He was a pitcher in high school.
Also, we'll be chatting today at 1 p.m. Get your questions ready...
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