Wednesday notes

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— Conor Jackson got plunked right in the left elbow by a pitch from Vicente Padilla in the fifth inning. Spoke with him a few innings later and he had ice on the elbow to keep it from swelling.

“I’ve been hit in the elbow before,” Jackson said. “I really don’t think it’s anything bad.”

Jackson was scheduled to get Thursday off even before being hit.

— Jon Garland numbers continue to not be overly impressive — four runs in five innings — but both he and manager Bob Melvin seem pleased with how he’s progressing with two new pitches, a cut fastball and a curve.

The right-hander said he has been experiencing a little bit of a “dead arm” period common for pitchers during Spring Training, though his velocity (or V-Lo as Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic likes to call it) didn’t seem down on Wednesday.

Garland’s location got better as the night went on and he said he was ready for the season to start though he will have two more spring outings.

“We can break right now,” he said.

Amen to that.

— Reliever Tom Gordon felt good one day after throwing his first bullpen session of the spring. He is due to take the mound again on Friday.

— Just when you thought Travis Blackley had pitched himself out of contention for a spot in the bullpen, the lefty tossed a scoreless inning in relief on Wednesday.

Blackley seemed to have better life on his pitches and kept them down in the zone, something he has struggled to do this spring.

— Spoke to GM Josh Byrnes after the game and he said the team made the decision to put outfielder Alex Romero on waivers and outright him to Triple-A Reno was because they thought they would have a better shot at getting him through waivers now rather than at the end of camp.

Like Melvin earlier, Byrnes said the move does not mean Romero could not play a role for the team at some point this year.

“It’s not the end of the road for him,” Byrnes said.

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