*Here it is a day early…the lineup is posted for Saturday’s Cactus League opener vs. the Indians.
Other pitchers to see action include Arredondo, Masset and Ondrusek.
*Dusty Baker was asked if this lineup was in close proximity to what might be seen on Opening Day.
“It’s a possibility,” Baker said. “You have to start somewhere. I urge everybody, please don’t critique my lineup. I’m going to get enough of that soon.”
Baker knows people speculate about his lineups.
“I don’t care. There’s that saying that everybody can tell you how to do it but very few have ever done it,” Baker said. “I’m doing what I think is right every day. There’s a good chance that with my background and experience that I have a better idea than most.”
*SS Zack Cozart remains healthy and has done well with his surgically repaired left elbow in camp after a week of full-squad workouts.
“I haven’t had any problems,” Cozart said. “I still wear a brace because they want me to wear that at least halfway through the year. Everything feels good and I a, ready to go.”
*As Spring Training has essentially been drills, meetings, bullpen sessions and batting practice so far…the start of exhibition games is welcomed at this point.
“You can try to recreate game-like situations as much as you can in drills,” catcher Devin Mesoraco said. “But until you finally step in there and face that pitcher with a different uniform on or get behind the plate catching wise, it’s all drills. At the same time, we have to do our best our drills so they are very game-like. Once we get out there, it can be second nature.”