Manager Clint Hurdle said there remains a 'chance' Andrew McCutchen (rib) avoids the disabled list.
Seriously? The Pirates are really going to try this? McCutchen is dealing with a fractured rib and the original recovery timetable give to him was one month. Now, the Pirates are thinking that he'll be back next week? They can try it until they need depth on the roster given the fact that the move to the DL can be done retroactively, but might be forced to make the move should another injry crop up or they simply need to add depth to the bullpen. If McCutchen doesn't hit the DL and they try to let him play through it, fantasy owners could be in serious trouble relying on production they just won't get.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Miguel Castro will open the season in the majors.
Castro flew under the radar in the minors last season, but is making the rare jump from A-Ball to the majors. This is thanks to his (likely) temporary move to the bullpen for the Spring, which enabled his stuff to tick up a bit in shorter outings. He's likely next in line to receive saves should Brett Cecil fail, and the 20-year old is worth keeping an eye on. Analysis: Ben Diamond