Earlier today I noted that Jason Grilli hadn’t thrown since last Thursday, taking a few extra days off between bullpen sessions. Both Clint Hurdle and Grilli said that he was fine, with no health concerns. Today Grilli threw five pitches off flat ground, and 15 off the mound. Hurdle talked about the reduced workload, and how this is a custom approach for Grilli due to the feedback received from the player.
“Just because we’ve mapped it out and stayed in touch with him,” Hurdle said. “All the off-season work he did, he worked incredibly hard. Last year, the baseball classic was a great experience for him, but it challenged him physically a couple of different ways. We have a plan in place for him to get involved at a particular time, and add to that as we move forward, so he will obviously get more than the six appearances he got last year in Spring Training.”
Hurdle also gave an update on Josh Harrison, who is the only player who hasn’t arrived in camp. Harrison just had a baby girl a few days ago, and arrived in Bradenton this afternoon. Hurdle said that Harrison will get a few days to get situated before starting up in camp.