Extra Bases

A few updates from Sarasota

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:

Thursday: ESPN
Friday: None
Saturday: MLB Network
Sunday for the Opener: NESN in New England, ESPN2 elsewhere.

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