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In Lakeland today for game against defending AL champion Tigers. Perhaps will run into old friend Joey Eischen, in camp with Detroit. He won't be healthy for the start of the season, and you have to wonder whether his career is over after all those injuries. But knowing Joey, he's putting everything into his rehab. We'll find out mid-summer whether it's enough.

Some left-over stuff:

Brian Schneider played yesterday, and the plan was for him to get two at-bats or play three innings -- which ever came first -- and then sit. He is having a day off today (bad travel situation recently: drive an hour to get to Braves spring training yesterday, an hour back, then cover the same route passing the Braves complex and ending up 45 minutes further down the road in Lakeland) and then, according to Manager Manny Acta, he'll be full go the rest of the way, unless his hamstring injury pops up again. But they feel like they've treated it well.

Saw a question/comment from the last entry yesterday about how Casto would have jumped over Snelling if Snelling was so praised by Bowden/Acta a week ago. Nothing's changed on Snelling's part. But the crux of this is that they want/need to find out what Casto can do. They didn't expect him to have a spring that was quite this impressive. He's forced the issue, and they would like him to have a chance to prove himself at the big league level. Even though they're the same age, Snelling has more of a track record in the minors (despite all his injuries) because he didn't go to college and Casto did (Portland). So it makes sense: Casto played well enough to desreve a shot (something they didn't think Larry Broadway did), and he'll get it. Snelling will be a capable backup at all three positions -- but particularly the corners -- if he stays healthy.

Lineup:
Lopez -- 4
Guzman -- 6
Zimmerman -- 5
Kearns -- DH
Young -- 3
Casto -- 7
Fick -- 2
Snelling -- 9
Bernadina -- 8

Bergmann -- 1

Chris Booker is back from a bereavement leave to deal with the passing of a relative and I would assume will pitch today (as he's on the travel roster).

Bernadina: He's a 22-year-old kid from Curacao (Andruw Jones's Caribbean home) who Bowden said is an excellent defensive player who has swung the bat well this spring. He was once the 10th-rated prospect in the organization (back in 2003), but he's never risen above Class A and, in five minor-league seasons, he's a .248 hitter. Bowden said he was "in the mix" yesterday for the CF job given Nook Logan's groin injury, but it's a pretty large leap to think he'd be in Washington come Opening Day, which ...

... IS ONE WEEK AWAY!

That's it for now. Much to deal with. Didn't have a chance to get up with Kasten yesterday about the ticketing issue, but will today. Stay in touch.

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 26, 2007; 9:00 AM ET
 
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