• Right-handed reliever Stephen Pryor threw very well in his latest live batting-practice session Tuesday, according to McClendon, and will throw to hitters again in the next few days as he continues returning from shoulder surgery.
"He threw the ball pretty darn good," McClendon said. "I think he was 89-92 [mph], no complications, felt great. We're very pleased with his progress."
• Felix Hernandez will make his start Thursday in a Class A Minor League game at the Peoria Complex while Erasmo Ramirez takes the hill against the Cubs in Mesa, Ariz. Why? McClendon gave Hernandez his choice and the veteran said he'd prefer to stay home and pitch rather than make the long bus ride to Mesa. He'll get one more Cactus League start Tuesday against the Royals in Surprise, Ariz., before opening the regular season March 31 in Anaheim.
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