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Pirates' Adam Frazier: Scratched with sore left thumb
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Frazier was scratched from Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles due to left thumb discomfort, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

It's likely only a minor issue for Frazier, who is projected to serve this season in the utility role that Sean Rodriguez filled for the Pirates in 2016. Frazier slashed .301/.356/.411 across 160 plate appearances as a rookie.

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Pirates' Gregory Polanco: Starts spring training strong
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Polanco went 3-for-3 with a double in the Grapefruit League opener Saturday against Baltimore.

Polanco is looking to put a full season together. After slashing .310/.386/.556 through the 2016 season's first two months, he batted .229/.286/.412 the rest of the way. The Pirates moved him from right field to left over the winter, a move which could put Polanco's durability to the test, given PNC Park's spacious left field area and his balky left knee. Nevertheless, the 25-year-old is still in the upswing of his career. It appears he's put on muscle over the winter, a move which could perhaps help his power numbers but hurt him in the stolen base category. He hit cleanup Saturday after bouncing around the lineup last season.

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Pirates' Adam Frazier: Ready for action all over diamond
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Frazier is taking reps at shortstop as the primary backup for starter Jordy Mercer, DKPittsburghSports reports.

With Jung Ho Kang's status questionable for the start of 2017, Frazier is breaking out his old shortstop glove. He came up through the minors at that position until 2015. Frazier is also the team's fourth outfielder and backup at second base and third. In other words, the second-year player is expected to see plenty of time all over the diamond. He slashed .301/.356/.411 in 160 plate appearances as a rookie and batted .299 in parts of four minor league seasons. Unfortunately, he only played 20-plus games in the outfield for Pittsburgh last season but will increase that versatility soon after the year begins.

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Pirates' Gerrit Cole: Officially named Opening Day starter
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Cole has officially been named the Pirates' Opening Day starter, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

It will be the first career Opening Day start for Cole, who will take the mound on Apr. 3 against the Red Sox. The 26-year-old struggled with injuries last season and will look to rediscover his 2015 form, which saw him win 19 games while posting a 2.60 ERA.

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Pirates' Gerrit Cole: Set to throw simulated game
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Cole will throw two innings in a simulated game Sunday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Cole dealt with bouts of elbow inflammation last season and has been cautiously eased into spring training activity. After finishing fourth in Cy Young voting in 2015, he recorded a career-worst 3.88 ERA last season and was shut down in September. Nonetheless, if all goes well, expect the former All-Star to see Grapefruit League action soon.

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2016 Team Leaders
AVGStarling Marte , LF.311
HRAndrew McCutchen , CF24
RBIGregory Polanco , RF86
OBPStarling Marte , LF.362
SLGGregory Polanco , RF.463
RAndrew McCutchen , CF81
SBStarling Marte , LF47
WIvan Nova , SP12
ERAIvan Nova , SP4.17
WHIPIvan Nova , SP1.25
KJuan Nicasio , RP138
SVTony Watson , RP15

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