Rotation set for first week of exhibition games

Rotation set for first week of exhibition games

Rotation set for first week of exhibition games
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Want to set your calendar by the Pirates' Grapefruit League-opening pitching rotation? Well, now you can.

This is how the Bucs' pitching plans shape up for the first few games of exhibition play:

• Saturday at Blue Jays: James McDonald, Brad Lincoln, Tony Watson, Daniel McCutchen, Chris Resop, Chris Leroux, Ryota Igarashi, JuanCruz.

• Sunday vs. Blue Jays, at McKechnie Field: Erik Bedard, A.J. Burnett, Shairon Martis, Joel Hanrahan, Jason Grilli, Evan Meek, Doug Slaten.

Burnett's ability depends on result of the examinations he will undergo Thursday in Pittsburgh on his right eye, after getting hit by his own foul ball during Wednesday morning's bunting tournament.

• Monday night at Orioles: Jo-Jo Reyes, Justin Wilson, Daniel Moskos, Jared Hughes, Bryan Morris, Mike Crotta, Tim Wood.

• Tuesday vs. Yankees: Kevin Correia, McCutchen, Resop, Leroux, Igarashi, Watson, Slaten.

But, first, one intrasquad game. The Bucs will break their Pirate City camp on Thursday and shift bases to McKechnie Field, where on Friday at noon their lone squad game will pit the Blacks against the Golds.

Scheduled to pitch for the Golds are Gerrit Cole, Correia, Reyes, McCutchen, Moskos, Walker and Wood. The Blacks will have Jeff Karstens, Jeff Locke, Rudy Owens, Hughes and Morris on the mound.