The Pirates received some encouraging news earlier this week. Brandon Moss, who was thought to need microfracture surgery on his left knee, instead underwent arthroscopic surgery. Moss was expected to miss several months after the original procedure, but now should be completely healthy well before the beginning of spring training in February.
This is very good to hear, as Moss will likely join Nate McLouth as the only outfielders sure to start in 2009. The Pirates would have been very thin in the outfield if he missed any substantial time.