Frazier returned to the Pirates on a minor-league deal Tuesday and will head to the team's alternate training site, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Frazier exercised his opt-out clause Friday once it became clear that he wouldn't be winning a spot on the active roster, but he'll remain with the organization after all. He'll provide depth at both corner-infield spots in the event of an injury, but it's not clear how much playing time the rebuilding Pirates will want to give to a 35-year-old who's produced a below-average batting line in two of the last three seasons.
Frazier exercised the opt-out clause in his minor-league contract Friday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Frazier missed some time this spring due to lower-back tightness and wasn't slated to begin the season on the major-league roster, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The 35-year-old still plans to play in 2021 but will search for a new opportunity in free agency.
Frazier (back) went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk Thursday against the Orioles, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports. Frazier beat out an infield single in his final at-bat, showing that he has recovered from a lower-back injury. He's batting .259 with five extra-base hits this spring and seems set to start 2021 as the lesser half of a platoon with Colin Moran at first base.
Frazier (back) will bat cleanup and play first base Thursday against Baltimore. Frazier had been out of the lineup since getting scratched Sunday with lower-back tightness. He's ready to play again one week before the regular season begins and will look to complete his case for a roster spot.
Frazier (back) has been able to take swings in the batting cage this week, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports. The veteran corner infielder continues to progress in his recovery from lower-back tightness, but it's unclear if he'll be ready to rejoin the lineup before the Pirates' Grapefruit League schedule comes to a close. Assuming he's back to full health heading into Opening Day, Frazier, a non-roster invitee, should be in good position to win a bench role.