Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Matt Hague sat in the visitors locker room at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday and sipped a cup of coffee.
Even Hague had to appreciate the irony.
The 26-year-old is hoping his promising spring will result in a roster spot when the clubs cut to 25 players on Wednesday. Yet even his eye-popping numbers may not keep him from being a victim of the numbers' game.
The Pirates have committed to see if Garrett Jones will pan out at first. If he doesn't, Casey McGehee was brought in from Milwaukee as an insurance policy. That leaves very little wiggle room for Hague, whose seven home runs during spring training is tied for tops in the majors.
''I'm just trying not to think about all the decisions that have to be made,'' Hague said. ''It's been fun. I just came in here trying to accomplish some stuff and I have. But at the same time, it's spring training. I'm trying to keep the confidence and momentum going into the season.''
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