Well, its official. The Pirates Opening Day roster is complete. Some of the biggest discussions from recent weeks about the battle for those coveted last few spots left us all sitting in anticipation of what would happen. The way the final decisions were made was sort of a disappointment, at least for me it was. The Pirates ended up not having to make a decision. Chris Leroux, a right handed pitcher fighting for one of those spots made the decisions for them when he strained a pectoral muscle during the Pirates preseason game with the Phillies on Tuesday. This little mishap put him firmly on the 60 day DL.
This let the Pirates place pitcher Juan Cruz on the roster without having to bump a position player. Matt Hague, Josh Harrison, and Yamaico Navarro all ended up on the roster instead of one of them having to start the season at Triple-A Indianapolis.
So is this a good thing for the Pirates? Absolutely. This allows them to keep 3 players that have the potential to generate some offense for a team that sorely needs any and all offense it can find.
Now I guess it's time to final look at Opening Day..... Pirates Vs. Phillies. Erik Bedard vs Roy Halladay. I know its crazy to be so excited over a team that hasn't had a winning season in..... forever, but I can't wait to watch! Thursday at 1:35pm can't come soon enough, at least not for this Pirate fan.