ALTOONA, Pa. -- It’s going to take some getting used to. By manager Joey Cora’s estimation, it'll be maybe a week or so before Austin Meadows works off the rust and adjusts to the pitching he’s facing with the Double-A Altoona Curve.
But, on Monday night, the center fielder was getting a feel for the gaps in the outfield at Peoples Natural Gas Field, a reminder of his six games there at the end of last season.
Meadows even reminisced about the clutch home run he hit here last September. Meadows hit .360 with the Curve last season in 25 at-bats.
“It’s always great being back with these guys,” Meadows told DKPittsburghSports.com, the tags still on the bags in his locker from his Sunday afternoon arrival. “It’s a good group of guys, a good group of coaches, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Teammates were happy to see the return of the Pirates’ first pick in the 2013 MLB Draft -- the ninth selection overall -- as the 20-year-old worked though the pregame excitement stemming from his season debut.