Bucs’ Tracy plans to keep Torres busy
Pirates manager Jim Tracy has plotted a strategy to make sure closer Salomon Torres, who has endured slow starts in previous seasons, gets plenty of work this spring. Torres tied a club record with 94 appearances in 2006.
“We understand the direction he wants to take, (so) when we get to April, he’s much further down the road and performing like we saw in the second half of the season last year,” Tracy said. “I think a lot of it has not so much to do with physically but more with Salomon’s mental approach.”
• The Pirates will install a larger video display for the main scoreboard at PNC Park. The new display will be twice as large as the current screen. It will split into multiple windows to show lineups, stats, animation and more. Also, an LED fascia display will be installed, spanning the entire upper deck. The LED display will contain updated player and team stats and pitch counts.
• Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski arrived in camp yesterday and is working with the infielders.
• Torres, Masumi Kuwata, Dave Davidson, Josh Sharpless, Bryan Bullington, Romulo Sanchez, Shane Youman, Kevin Gryboski and Brian Rogers threw 10-minute bullpen sessions at Pirate City.
• During the two-hour afternoon workout, John Wasdin, Marty McLeary, Matt Capps, Sean Burnett and Josh Shortslef threw off the mound to “batters” (who were instructed not to swing). Hitters took batting practice off coaches.
93 1/3 – Innings pitched, in 94 outings, by Salomon Torres last season.
94 2/3 – Innings pitched, in 78 outings, by Torres in 2005.
– By Rob Biertempfel