LAKELAND, Fla. -- Do you need a plot to follow during Spring Training? The mystery surrounding the pitching staff with which the Pirates will break camp sets up as a real page-turner.
Regard the pitchers that can reasonably considered to be guaranteed a spot:
That's a dozen, full capacity.
So? Left on the outside looking in under that scenario are such worthy candidates as 2013 workhorse Bryan Morris, Jared Hughes, Duke Welker, lefty reliever Adam Wilk and lefty starter Jeff Locke - -who was merely a National League All-Star last summer.
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