Friday, June 22, 2007

Salas throws simulated

Tampa Bay pitcher Juan Salas, in Montgomery to gear up for the end of his 50-game performance-enhancing suspension, threw a 35-pitch simulated game Friday afternoon.

The 35 pitches went for 24 strikes, including only three balls put in play by hitters Matt Spring and Patrick Breen. None of the three would have been a clean hit. One pitch did hit Breen, a left-handed hitter, on the right elbow.

No radar guns used, so no news on the velocity, but Salas is scheduled to start throwing in games next week at Mississippi.

On other fronts, Josh Arhart took a few swings off a tee today in his latest step to rehab a back injury, while Saturday is Autograph Day. Gates open at 5:35 p.m. for the on-field autograph session.

Your lineups ...
Fernando Perez, cf
Jason Pridie, lf -- lineup change: Brooks Badeaux (hmm, Durham just lost an outfielder?)
Reid Brignac, ss
Evan Longoria, 3b
John Jaso, c
Chris Nowak, 1b
Gabriel Martinez, dh
Shaun Cumberland, rf
Josh Asanovich, 2b
Mike Prochaska, lhp

Emilio Bonifacio, 2b
Jarrel Ball, lf
Justin Upton, cf
Javier Brito, 1b
Carlos Gonzalez, rf
Chris Rahl, dh
Josh Ford, c
Cesar Nicolas, 3b
Ronnie Merrill, ss
Max Scherzer, rhp

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