Morning Nine from Surprise
1. Alexi Ogando will start Friday night against the Giants. Derek Holland will pitch in a Minor League game.
2. Yorvit Torrealba, who has been out with back stiffness, is catching tonight against the Reds.
3. Manager Ron Washington said he believes Neftali Feliz is experiencing just normal Spring Training stiffness.
4. Brad Hawpe is going to DH both against the Cubs this afternoon and the Red tonight. He has missed time because of hamstring issues and the Rangers want to accelerate his at-bats.
5. Yu Darvish has had multiple side throwing sessions this week focusing on his fastball command.
6. Washington on Hawpe and Conor Jackson trying to make the team: “They just need to show what they can do. We know they can swing the bat, now they need to show they can swing the bat.”
7. Angels owner Arte Moreno, in an interview for GQ, said his baseball people did not believe Mike Napoli’s throwing arm could hold up for a full season and he praised Washington for the way he handled him last season.
8. Moreno also said the Angels did not bid on Darvish this winter.
9. Looks like nothing but warm air and sunshine down the stretch according to the Valley of Sun weather reports. But that doesn’t lessen the pollution here in the Phoenix area. It’s not good.