BRADENTON, Fla. -- Friday is the official reporting date for ... Anderson Hernandez? Well, yeah. Officially, it's full-squad report day. But the middle infielder will fill that squad. All position players have made their presences earlier than compulsory with the exception of Hernandez, a non-roster invitee with six years' Major League experience, most recently with the Astros in 2010. Ordinarily, check-in day would be spent with position players undergoing weigh-ins and physicals. Having players stream in all week -- the latest two on Thursday were outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and infielder Gustavo Nunez -- essentially gives the Pirates an extra day of drills, even though the first official full-squad workout is not until Saturday.
Anderson Hernandez was still in the Houston organization last season, spending it all with Triple-A Oklahoma City, where the 29-year-old Dominican batted .300 in 136 games, with 21 stolen bases. The cast has changed considerably, with 17 players here now who weren't in the Pirates big league camp last year, when similarly virtually everyone reported before they needed to. That, of course, was Clint Hurdle's first camp as Pirates manager.