This is Pirates' projected Opening Day lineup

March 26th, 2018

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates turned over a few prominent parts of their roster, but they had relatively little Spring Training competition for such a young team.
The Pirates entered camp knowing who would start at every position except left field, and that was answered with the acquisition of Corey Dickerson. Their rotation was set from the start: , , , and Joe Musgrove. Even the key pieces of their bullpen -- , , , and -- were all but officially determined.
In only a few days, the Pirates will get a chance to see what that group can do. There is a sense of optimism inside the clubhouse, a confidence that they can outperform expectations as long as everyone stays healthy. Before the Pirates take the field for Opening Day Interleague Play matchup with the Tigers on Thursday at Comerica Park, let's take a look at several key components of their roster.
Projected Opening Day lineup
, DH
Josh Harrison, 2B
, RF
Josh Bell, 1B
, CF
Corey Dickerson, LF
, C
, 3B
, SS
RHP Ivan Nova
Key roles
• Expect to see a number of different lineup combinations throughout the season and at least three different leadoff hitters. Frazier will start there when he's in the lineup. Harrison will also spend time in the leadoff spot. But so will Dickerson. The left-handed-hitting left fielder batted leadoff 57 times (and posted an .858 OPS there) for the Rays last season.
• Rivero is the closer. Kontos is the eighth-inning setup man. Feliz will pitch in high-leverage situations. Brault and Glasnow will be used as long relievers, perhaps occasionally in more situational roles. Beyond that, time will tell how manager Clint Hurdle deploys his bullpen arms behind the Bucs' young rotation.
• The Pirates have a versatile bench with some experience. will start at third against tough left-handers, backing up Moran, and occasionally spell Bell at first base. and Frazier will play everywhere, with Rodriguez likely Pittsburgh's top backup in center and at shortstop. will spell Cervelli behind the plate.
Injury updates
• Musgrove is no longer hurt, having fully healed from the right shoulder discomfort that bothered him earlier this spring, but he is delayed. Musgrove has one more Spring Training-type outing remaining, and it will be in a Minor League game in Florida on Saturday.

• Reliever A.J. Schugel exited his first Grapefruit League outing on Feb. 25 due to right shoulder discomfort and hasn't pitched in a game since. He's working his way back, but it's unclear when he'll be game-ready -- and how long of a rehab assignment he might need when he is.
• Non-roster outfielder (back surgery) will be rehabbing for most of the first half. Rule 5 Draft pick Nick Burdi, a right-handed reliever coming back from Tommy John surgery, could join the bullpen in August if his rehab goes according to plan.