"It's kind of like [pitcher Wei-Yin] Chen, how we waited with him," Showalter said. "Just to let him step back and absorb everything. Lot of new things being thrown at him that he's never had before. So I think my plan all along was to try to start him on the first road trip, maybe get his feet wet a little bit at home if we could."
Flaherty entered last Saturday's game as a defensive replacement at third base but did not get an at-bat. Flaherty said Friday he's been staying sharp by getting in a lot of extra early work and the 25-year-old has put in what Showalter called "the equivalent of two or three games" during batting practice.