LAKELAND — Lefthanded reliever Jesse Carlson will be on the sidelines for at least a week and possibly longer to clear up some shoulder inflammation, putting in peril his bid to be one of the seven relief pitchers on the Opening Day roster.
“The doctor recommended seven to 10 days down after reading the MRI,” said manager John Farrell. “That’s seven to 10 days of no-throw. Once we restart his throwing program, he’s going to require some rebuilding just from a volume standpoint.”
Carlson, like most pitchers at this time of year, had been pitching through some discomfort leading up to his first appearance last Saturday when the pain became too much.
“I think in spring training everyone is dealing with a little bit of irritation at times,” said Farrell. “Coming off that outing he felt it was time to say something so we could take the appropriate steps to get him examined.
“In his mind, I’m sure this is a bit of a setback but I’m not going to completely rule out something for Opening Day.”
Aaron Hill will make his spring debut Wednesday morning in a B game against the Phillies in Clearwater, having recovered from some mild quad irritation.
“We’re going to lead him off in innings one and two and give him one inning of defence, more than anything just to get him back on the field,” said Farrell. “He ran the bases (Tuesday) morning. He’s continuing to improve.”
Meanwhile Travis Snider is aiming to play his first game after the weekend after missing two weeks with a sore ribcage muscle.
“The symptoms that have been generated by running continue to subside,” said Farrell. “We’re hopeful that by Monday, we’re looking at a game situation for him.
Scott Podsednik (plantar fasciitis) is expected to appear in a game by the end of next week. Reliever Jon Rauch (ankle) will see his first game action Thursday and Frank Francisco (shoulder) is in line to pitch an inning on Saturday.