— I spoke with Tony Franklin, Tommy Phelps, Shaeffer Hall, Craig Heyer, Ryan Pope, Josh Romanski, Chase Whitley, David Adams, Cody Johnson and Zoilo Almonte today. Not too shabby. Stay tuned for comments from them that will be spaced out just enough to get you through Opening Day on Thursday.
— The starting rotation is, as expected: Hall, Graham Stoneburner, Brett Marshall, Heyer and Romanski. The one question I had was wondering out loud if they might skip Romanski’s first turn since the Thunder have an off day on Easter so they’d have an extra arm in the bullpen, but buth Phelps and Romanski say that he’ll go on the 10th as planned.
— Marshall and Abe Almonte were not at the event.
— Heyer is throwing a cutter now, and Cory Arbiso has added a curveball to his arsenal. Arbiso is noticeably more fit than he was last season, and will be used in a similar role…spot starter and long man.
— There were no roster moves to announce yet. The roster still stands at 27 players, and must be trimmed by two before Thursday. Jeff Farnham is pretty much a given, but it seems likely that one of Addison Maruszak, Yadil Mujica or Jose Pirela would also be on the chopping block. That, of course, could all change pending what happens with Scranton’s roster.
— Speaking of which, my buddy Donnie Collins tries to clear up that picture over at his blog. But there are still some puzzle pieces that need to fall into place.
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