Betemit will start the same rehab program as first baseman Jim Thome (herniated disk in neck) in Sarasota, Fla., starting Thursday. Both players will start swinging off a tee and in the cages Thursday and could be ready to start a rehab assignment at the start of next week.
"He had a good day," Showalter said of Betemit. "He's going to start the same offensive progression as Jimmy is."
Showalter was far from optimistic about Betemit's progress Tuesday, but that changed with a positive report from the training staff on Wednesday.