Anthony DeSclafani was scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday with a tender elbow.
The 26-year old right-hander missed the start of last season with a strained oblique but the discomfort after pitching live batting practice is nothing to worry about according to manager Bryan Price.
“He had a little bit of elbow tenderness,” Price said. “It is something he’s had a Florida, before. There is no red alert at this time. We’re treating it like that. At this point in time we don’t grave concerns that he won’t be ready for the opening day roster. Brandon Finnegan will start tomorrow (Tuesday). We will slot DeSclafani back in when he’s ready.”
Zack Cozart remains on the sideline as a precaution. He is was shut down the last 21 games with tendinitis in his right knee.
“He is running the bases today,” Price said. “We will be getting him possibly in the game the 28th (tomorrow). I know we have some bad weather coming in. If it’s sloppy tomorrow, I might make a change. I don’t look at him as a rehab guy. With the long spring training, we’re just checking boxes.
Devin Mesoraco is still working on his stamina and endurance and will not appear in a game early.
“Until we’re getting closer with workload, I’d hate to target a date,” Price said. “He’s getting closer. He is following the plan that Steve (Bauman) and Dr. Kremchek set up for him”
Dilson Herrera, who was prevented from throwing with shoulder inflammation, will play catch today. He was the designated hitter on Friday and Sunday.
“We’ll make sure he’s throwing at 100 percent before we put him in at secondbase,” Price said.
Reserve outfielder Ryan Raburn will be the designated hitter on today against the Arizona Diamondbacks, his first appearance.
Bronson Arroyo has been out with the flu. He came in after the clubhouse emptied on Sunday to play catch and is due back today.