• The pitching assignments have been set for Friday's 5 1/2-inning Black-Gold intrasquad game: Pitching two innings each will be Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Kris Johnson and Kyle Waldrop, with one-inning stints scheduled for Hunter Strickland, Erik Cordier and Vic Black.
No immediate word on weather Black will be pitching for the Gold team.
• Jeff Karstens spent the morning with a heat pack taped around his pitching shoulder, and again played some light catch. Karstens, who came down with a slight case of tendinitis in his right biceps area, "felt the same as he did [Tuesday], in a good way," manager Clint Hurdle said.
"He went through all his strength and conditioning, the whole routine," Hurdle elaborated. "He had a good day in that sense. We'll revisit it again [Thursday]."