Yost could not have predicted injuries to Capuano or Gallardo, but he said his pre-camp predictions for the most part played out as expected. His biggest surprise was Parra, who on Tuesday was named the No. 5 starter despite two recent rocky outings."Parra wasn't on the team -- he wasn't on my list in the beginning of Spring Training," Yost said. "I just thought that Manny could benefit from going back to Triple-A. He had a great spring and pitched his way on the team." Yost also called Cameron a "huge" surprise, which in and of itself was a bit surprising since Cameron is a 13-year Major League veteran. Yost was impressed enough that he plans to use Cameron as the team's No. 2 hitter when he returns from a suspension in late April. Braun's seamless adaptation to left field also qualified as a spring surprise, the manager said. So did non-roster pitcher Chris Narveson, a left-hander who will provide insurance at Triple-A, and Minor League shortstop Alcides Escobar, who has filled in lately for an ill Hardy. "I knew he was that good, but I didn't know he was this close to being a big league player," Yost said of Escobar. Escobar will either begin the year at Nashville or at Double-A Huntsville.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.