Andrew Lambo shuffled to his right and backhanded a hard shot in the hole between first and second base.
"Lambo!" Neil Walker called across the diamond in appreciation.
Lambo returned to his position at first base. Gregory Polanco was in the box during batting practice, so every ball put in play had some extra juice on it, but those pulled to right field were moving especially quick. Polanco smoked another one to the hole, harder, but again Lambo reached it.
"Lambo!" came the shouts again, this time from everyone on the field, including manager Clint Hurdle, watching behind the batting cage.
This is life now for Lambo, the 25-year-old lefty who is trying his hand at first base after spending the majority of his career in the outfield. If Lambo can field effectively and the Pirates believe his offensive prowess in the minors last year will translate to the majors, he could begin the season in a platoon role with Gaby Sanchez. Not if Sanchez, however, achieves his goal, which is t...