Greetings from Ed Smith Stadium, home of the Orioles.
Terry Francona met with the (few) beat writers who made the trip here for the game today and had some updates:
* Jeremy Hermida took batting practice yesterday and again today and could possibly play tomorrow but more likely on Friday. So barring a setback, he'll be set for the Opening Day roster and Josh Reddick will be optioned down.
* Without coming out and saying it, Francona indicated that Junichi Tazawa needs to have elbow surgery. See you next year.
* Francona spoke glowingly about Scott Atchison. Were I a betting man — and I have been known to be — I'd put Atchison in one of those bullpen jobs along with Scott Schoeneweis.
* Jonathan Papelbon will pitch an inning and change in a minor-league game today. Hideki Okajima will pitch as well. That'll be back in Fort Myers.
* None of the bullpen guys will pitch on Saturday. Their final tune-ups will be tomorrow and Friday.
* Here's your TV schedule the next few days:
Saturday: MLB Network
Sunday for the Opener: NESN in New England, ESPN2 elsewhere.