BRADENTON, Fla. -- The pitchers and catchers were limited to primarily staying indoors on a rainy morning at Pirate City. However, that did not dampen Clint Hurdle’s enthusiasm.
The first official day of spring training is always a case for optimism following a long winter. The Pirates’ manager was in a particularly sunny mood despite the overcast conditions.
Rain fell until mid-morning, forcing the pitchers scheduled for bullpen sessions to throw in the indoor batting cages. Only a few pitchers ventured outdoors in the damp and cool weather to play catch toward the end of the workout when the rain stopped.