Wright gives Bucs time to finalize staff
Club will decide righty's fate after Wednesday's appearance
BRADENTON, Fla. -- As the number of pitchers in camp continues to dwindle, the Pirates get closer to determining where the final bullpen openings will be handed.
After three more pitchers -- Casey Fossum, Jonah Bayliss and Elmer Dessens -- were sent out of Major League camp on Tuesday, 17 pitchers vying for 12 spots remained. Among those 17 includes Jaret Wright, the 33-year-old right-hander who is looking to make the club as a long reliever.
Wright, who signed a Minor League deal with the Pirates back in January, had a clause written into his contract that allowed him to demand the team release him by Tuesday. However, the Pirates approached Wright for an extension to piece together their bullpen, and the righty agreed to extend that clause for two more days.
The Pirates will now have one more opportunity to watch Wright pitch before having to make their decision on Thursday. He is scheduled to take the mound on Wednesday for an inning of relief.
"I've just tried to do what I can do," said Wright, who has allowed three earned runs and six hits in seven innings of relief this spring. "I haven't really tried to think about who I'm behind of or who I'm ahead of. I'm just trying to stay focused and trying to make the team."
The Pirates have even less time to make a final decision concerning Byung-Hyun Kim's future with the ballclub. If the organization does not want to take on the entirety of Kim's contract -- which is worth $850,000 plus potential incentives -- the Bucs can buy out the remainder of his contract for $300,000. If the Pirates decide to do so, that decision must be made by 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.