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Fox 8 Sports
2/13/2017
 
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Earlier today as the Pirates are hoping to rebound after missing the playoffs this past season. Pitchers and catchers work out for the first time tomorrow, although most of the team is already getting to work in Pirate City Today. Like every team, the Pirates have their fair share of question marks heading into the season. The former Altoona Curve stand out will be counted on to deliver this season. Bell recently underwent minor knee surgery. "I went on the field and threw. We'll see how I can hit this week and see how I progress when it comes to running. Whenever I can get back on the field, it's definitely a hopeful thing, definitely an exciting thing." And the Pirates had a big drop off in wins last season. A lot of that had to do with a shaky starting rotation. This season, they should have more consistency on the mound. And they'll have to identify a 5th starter in his 5th season. Cole is the undisputed leader in the rotation. "Really exciting opportunity. We have a lot of great individuals here. Good guys, and looking forward to working with, you know, they're real competitors, have high aptitude. Looking for them to contribute. Hopefully give us a push whenever needed. So obviously excited." And here's a look at what's on deck for the team. First pitchers/catchers work out is Tuesday. Position players will be checking in this week and they'll be ready for the first full work out on Friday. Grapefruit League games begin February 25th. They'll play 34 pre-season exhibitions. The new season gets started April third at Fenway Park.
  
 
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