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Pirates' roster takes shape

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The Pirates made five cuts today, leaving only a few questions remaining about the opening day roster.  Reassigned to minor league camp were catchers Jacob Stallings and Ed Easley, right-handers Jorge Rondon and A.J. Schugel, and left-hander Jim Fuller.

The move left the Pirates with just 30 players in major league camp.  Three of those -- catcher Elias Diaz, third baseman Jung-Ho Kang and right-hander Jared Hughes -- are expected to open the season on the disabled list.  Assuming Hughes goes on the DL, only seven candidates for the bullpen remain.  That means that Cory Luebke and Kyle Lobstein both will be in the pen when the season starts, although Lobstein will likely be there only until Hughes returns, which isn't expected to take a long time.

With Matt Joyce, Sean Rodriguez, Chris Stewart and Mike Morse all locks for bench spots, the final remaining roster issue is probably one bench spot.  The candidates would be Jason Rogers, Cole Figueroa and Pedro Florimon.

UPDATE:  Neal Huntington has in fact told reporters that Luebke has made the team.