LAKELAND, FLA -- The
have optioned pitcher Oliver Drake to Double-A Bowie and have also told catcher Caleb Joseph that he will be reassigned to minor league camp.
Both were at Thursday’s game at Joker Marchant Stadium -- and so was first baseman Joe Mahoney, who was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday.
said it’s possible they will stay with the club for several more days while the club gets through its split-squad games Saturday and Sunday.
Here are some other things from Showalter’s pre-game media session:
Lefty Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) may pitch one or two innings Sunday in Orlando against the
. He threw a 33-pitch simulated game Wednesday but has not appeared in
“We have a lot of different options, and we talked to him, too,” Showalter said. “I think he wants to face major league hitters.”
has been dealing with a sore groin but says he is feeling better, and Showalter said he anticipates Simon will pitch Saturday or Sunday, depending on how he feels.
Bench coach John Russell will manage Saturday’s split-squad game at Fort Myers against the
. Showalter hopes to be able to manage both games Sunday -- an afternoon game in Orlando and an evening game in Sarasota.
(shoulder) will pitch two or three innings today in a minor league game, and
(lower back) is slated for four innings in a minor league game Friday.