CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Quiet morning in the clubhouse. Like the writers, the players and coaches are ready for the games to begin. They will on Thursday.
One player is not ready and that's Antonio Bastardo, who is not on the pitching schedule for any of the first five exhibition games. (Six, technically, if you count an added minor-league B game against Toronto.) Bastardo will not throw live batting practice with the rest of his group today. Instead, he will throw a side bullpen session.
Bastardo was shut down in the Dominican winter league with stiffness in his left arm after nine innings there. So he came to camp a bit behind everyone else and then missed a few days with a stomach sickness.
It doesn't appear to be a major setback for Bastardo, but right now he's the only one of the 60 players in camp who is limited.