Musgrove, back from White House visit, set for first spring start


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Joe Musgrove. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

BRADENTON, Fla. — Joe Musgrove, accompanied by the Houston Astros teammates he won the World Series with in October, toured the White House and met President Donald Trump on Monday afternoon.

Musgrove, the 25-year-old starting pitcher acquired by the Pirates from the Astros in the Gerrit Cole trade, spent time in the Oval Office, learned the history of the building, walked through the West Wing and did his best to discover trap doors.

For Musgrove, the visit and championship celebration was the final chapter of his time with the Astros. After all, there's little room for nostalgia now that he's expected to make his first spring training start for the Pirates on Thursday against the Yankees in Tampa.

"It was a weird feeling leaving, realizing that’s the final time I’ll see anyone for a little while," Musgrove said Wednesday morning at LECOM Park. "I’m sure I’ll cross paths with those guys down the line in baseball, but to play on that same team will never be the same. Teams change every year, whether it’s one person or a handful. That team I was on was pretty special. It was nice to get to spend one last time with everybody."

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