Worth noting

• Catcher A.J. Ellis is encouraged with his running program, even though he still feels pain in his surgically repaired left knee. The pain is normal, he said, and now it is a matter of "understanding the threshold" of that pain and how much he can push his rehab.

"The baseball stuff feels great," said Ellis, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 6.

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