Afternoon notes: Harrison, Snider, Grilli

Bill Brink 4 years ago

Clint Hurdle talks about Francisco Liriano starting on opening day.

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Clint Hurdle said Josh Harrison, the only player yet to report to camp, landed in Florida this morning and was scheduled to arrive at the facility in the afternoon. He will be in uniform Wednesday.

Harrison and his wife just welcomed a baby daughter.

"We just wanted to give him appropriate time to get his family set up and situated and in a good place where he felt comfortable enough leaving," Hurdle said.

***Hurdle said he and the team closed the book on 2013 at the full-squad meeting prior to today's workout.

"We’ve revisited some things together and then we closed the book together," he said. "Now where are we going to go? Now how are we going to get there? The importance of now, the next step for us in all the different facets of the game. We’ve got to nail now. We’ve got to take care of now. The men are on board. They do get the fact that, OK, we’ve had enough positive experience from the hard work that we did, the benefits that played out, and there’s more there. We’ve got to go get more."

***Travis Snider received three stitches after cutting a finger on his left hand while slicing a sweet potato and will not hit or throw for a few days.

"He’s a designated shagger here for a couple days, much to my delight and his chagrin," Hurdle said.

***Jason Grilli threw 15 pitches off a mound today and felt good, Hurdle said, part of his slower build-up this spring.

"All the offseason work he did, he worked incredibly hard," Hurdle said. "Last year the [World] Baseball Classic was a great experience for him, but it challenged him physically in a couple different ways. We have a plan in place for him get involved at a particular time and then add to that as we move forward so he will get, obviously, more than the six appearances that he got last year in spring training."