"[I'm] not necessarily wanting to take Flo out of it, but with all the day games we have, to be able to keep Flo fresh and be back in there tomorrow, you get this kid with his feet wet and get him in there," Ventura said. "Him and Johnny worked pretty good in Spring Training together."
• Courtney Hawkins homered for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem on Friday, while Micah Johnson added two more hits for Double-A Birmingham. Tyler Danish struck out six over five for Class A Kannapolis.
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