"He progressed well. He took swings, did more running, shagging, fielding," Hurdle said. "Still not throwing over the top, but he's coming along well."
• Clint Barmes, the Bucs' starting shortstop in 2012-13, is transitioning into a different role, with Jordy Mercer set to take over at the position. Barmes, who saw most of his action at second base for the 2008-10 Rockies after Troy Tulowitzki's arrival, will "work as a utility middle infield guy," Hurdle said.
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