This morning, the Pirates announced that they’ve cut four pitchers from big-league spring training, optioning righty Pat Light to Indianapolis and reassigning lefty Jared Lakind and righties Casey Sadler and Angel Sanchez to minor-league camp. The move left the Pirates with 47 players still on the big-league squad, including 13 non-roster invitees.
None of the Pirates’ moves come as a surprise. Lakind pitched at Double-A last year and still has relatively limited mound experience after converting to pitching prior to the 2013 season. Sadler and Sanchez are both battling back after having Tommy John surgery.
Of the four, Light probably had the best chance of making the team, and even he was a long shot — it would have taken a spectacular spring for the Pirates to seriously consider giving him a spot in their crowded bullpen, and even then it was probably unlikely. He’ll light up radar guns in Indianapolis.