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Perrotto: Tyler Chatwood Has Two Good Reasons to Keep Pitching (+)



BRADENTON, Fla. — Tyler Chatwood does not have to be here. He also did not have to subject himself to shoulder surgery last summer.

The 33-year-old right-hander has almost 11 years of major league service time. His career earnings exceed $48 million.

Yet Chatwood is in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ spring training camp as a non-roster player. He is trying to win a spot in the bullpen following an aborted stint in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball last season.

So why does Chatwood continue to play? He has two big reasons.

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John Perrotto is a columnist for Pittsburgh Baseball Now and has covered the Pittsburgh Pirates and MLB since 1988.

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