Found March 26, 2013 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
Opening Day is less than a week away, and we’re finally starting to see what the last couple spots on the 25-man roster will look like when the Bucs head to Pittsburgh this weekend. It isn’t pretty. Here’s a breakdown of the situation: Starting Rotation The most important position that needed to be filled during spring training was the back of the rotation. Originally, it appeared that four spots were solidified and Jeff Locke would battle Kyle McPherson for the fifth. Oh, and Francisco Liriano would hopefully be healthy soon enough to step in to that fifth spot a couple of weeks into the season. Not a terrible situation, really. Well, that hasn’t gone according to plan. Jeff Karstens is injured once again (now his strange non-tender and subsequent return on a smaller contract is starting to make a lot more sense) and will start the season on the DL, so now there are two open spots. Locke has pitched well enough to take one of them, but McPherson (8.46 ERA) certainly hasn’t. Enter J...
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