Rotowire: Feb 28 / 7:19p ET
News: The Pirates are working with Richard to break the bad habits he developed while pitching with thoracic outlet syndrome, the team's official website reports.
Impact: Pitching coach Ray Searage is looking for Richard to smooth out and consistently repeat his delivery. "He's strong as an ox. Just got to work on a couple things," Searage said. "He's in protection mode. He knows that old feeling of when he felt the pain, the body goes into 9-1-1." Richard will likely start the season at Triple-A, but injuries to the pitching staff could earn him a shot at the rotation. The lefty has tossed only 86 professional innings since 2012 due to injury.
Rotowire: Jan 14 / 6:54p ET
News: Richard (shoulder) is looking to rebound after missing nearly all of the 2014 season while recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: Richard is a long shot to make the Pirates, at least out of camp, but he is one of only two lefties (along with Jeff Locke) in the mix. Pittsburgh has helped to rehab starters such as Francisco Liriano and Vance Worley, and will look to do the same with Richard. He posted a 3.75 ERA in 201.2 innings in 2010 but hasn't been healthy since.