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Slow out of the gate
February 23rd, 2010

BRADENTON, Fla. — Neither Brendan Donnelly nor Octavio Dotel will spend a lot of time on the mound for the first couple weeks of spring training.

The pitchers’ schedules for the first two days of batting practice were posted today outside the Pirates’ clubhouse. Dotel is not listed and Donnelly’s outing will be about 10 pitches shorter than everyone else’s.

“Don’t look for me to throw 100 pitches,” Donnelly told me, grinning. “If you do see it, call 911.”

Dotel is 36 and has thrown 160 innings over the past three seasons. Donnelly is 38 and had Tommy John surgery in 2007.

“We’re going to go slow with (Donnelly and Dotel),” pitching coach Joe Kerrigan said. “They know they have to get their arm conditioned first, and with an older guy it usually takes until the last couple of weeks of spring training.”

[HIGH-LIGHT]–[/HIGH-LIGHT] As I type this, owner Bob Nutting, team prez Frank Coonelly and JR are speaking to the team. More on that later …

[HIGH-LIGHT]–[/HIGH-LIGHT] Today is the first full-squad workout. Infield assignments today include Garrett Jones at first base, Ramon Vazquez (testing his sore knee) and Argenis Diaz (normally a shortstop) at second, Andy LaRoche and Neil Walker at third.