BRADENTON, Fla. — A few minutes ago, GM Neal Huntington indicated he has decided whether or not to keep Rule 5 pitck Josh Rodriguez. “We want to talk to the people involved first (before announcing it),” Huntington said. That could happen as soon as after today’s game.
»»» The final roster likely will not be set until Tuesday or Wednesday. “We’ve got a couple decisions to make,” Huntington said. “It’s a less-than-ideal (situation), but we’ve got some things in motion we need to work through.”
»»» Catcher Chris Snyder said his sore lower back has improved and he expects to be on the roster for Opening Day. “I could play today if I had to,” Snyder said. “I’ve been through way worse with my back in 2009.” Snyder, who had back surgery in 2009, has played in just one of the past 16 games. “If he’s not ready to catch back-to-back games, we’re either going to carry a third catcher as protection or we’re going to look at the (disabled list),” Huntington said.
»»» Left-hander Joe Beimel (elbow) threw 30 pitches off a mound and was pain-free. He is expected to rejoin the team sometime in April.
»»» Ryan Doumit did not play first base or right field this spring. He injured his oblique about the time when he was supposed to get some playing time in the outfield. “As we go forward, I would think he’s an option in right field,” Huntington said. “There may be a scenario where he ends up at first base late in a game. As we sit here today, if he makes he club it’s going to be in a catcher’s role.”
Huntington declined to comment when I asked if any teams had showed renewed interest in trading for Doumit.