"He's been great. He's really picked up on the drills," McClendon said. I think HoJo [hitting coach Howard Johnson] has done a tremendous job with him. I've been really surprised how fast he's picked things up. He's really swinging the bat well."
• Closer Fernando Rodney has yet to throw live batting practice and is scheduled to toss another bullpen session Monday, but McClendon said the slower program is just part of the 37-year-old's normal approach for Spring Training.
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