Busy day

Busy today here in camp…

The pitching staff was set after the game and there were no real surprises. I’ll have more to say on this subject tomorrow.

Here are a couple of things Bob Melvin told us following the game…

— RHP Bobby Korecky, who was claimed off waivers from the Twins early in camp, has pitched better of late, but it wasn’t enough to win a spot on the staff.

“He got off to a little bit of a rough start coming into a new place and probably put a little too much pressure on himself early on,” Melvin said. “But pitched well the last couple of times out. Certainly a guy that we wouldn’t be afraid to call on at some point during the season.”

— Brandon Webb threw in a Minor League game and pitched around four innings (hard to say exactly since they tacked on a few outs in an inning or two). He threw 57 pitches, intentionally lower than his last few starts to keep him fresh.

“My fastball location was pretty good I thought,” Webb said. “Kind of working with the new catcher, threw a few more breaking balls than I would have, so I got some of those under my belt.”

Webb may throw two bullpen sessions between now and his start Opening Day on Monday.

— Tom Gordon continues to progress. He’ll throw a bullpen session on Wednesday and then a few more on just one day’s rest rather than the two days rest he has been working on for most of the spring.

We should know more about a possible timetable for his return in the coming days.

— Jon Garland threw around five innings in a Minor League game on Monday and Melvin said the right-hander continued to work on his cut fastball and curve.

— It wasn’t really a ringing endorsement when Melvin was asked if he would still use Jon Rauch as a setup guy despite his poor spring.

“Based on his history I think we’re pretty much locked into that,” Melvin said.

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