PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan)-There will be a DH in baseball this year and for this year that is fine with Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Derek Shelton.
He told the Cook and Joe Show during his weekly appearance that he is fine with it this season specifically for the reason that he wants his pitchers to get ready to pitch and not put them in situations during a 3 week spring training where they could get hurt.
He says the pitchers did get a jump on being ramped up and ready to go and expects that they will be stretched out enough to be ready for the season and admits that at this point the pitchers are ahead of the hitters.
Shelton also talked to Joe about players wearing masks during workouts and how some may where them during games but the most important thing is that they wear the masks on the field and more importantly away from the field to protect themselves and to remain healthy.
The first year Pirates manager is also impressed with seeing a healthy Gregory Polanco and thinks he is capable of having a very productive season saying he is only 28 and still young and because he has been sidelined with injuries he still has room for growth.
He expects to see a productive year from him this year.
Click the link below to hear the full interview including Shelton’s thoughts on his young players getting In time to be ready and his thoughts on new rules and challenges with extra inning play.