BRADENTON, Fla. -- The full squad is scheduled to report tomorrow to Pirate City and begin workouts Monday.
However, pretty much everybody has already showed up to spring training. Starling Marte and Erik Gonzalez checked in Saturday, leaving Melky Cabrera and Pablo Reyes as the last two players with a legitimate chance to make the team who are not here.
“Sometimes, it’s really cold where they were. Sometimes it means they want to get back together with the guys. It can mean a lot of different things,” Hurdle said of the early arrivals. “I think the game has transitioned the way of guys showing up early, finding their way early. It’s a lot of the new Pirates who are finding their way logistically so the first day is not the first day, and they have a chance to build relationships a little quicker.”