• Some members of the organization were surprised right-handed reliever Pedro Strop was used for multiple innings for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Clasic on Thursday night.
• Manager Buck Showalter got his first glimpse of Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia in the batting cages at the Minor League facility on Friday morning, and he was impressed with his swing, noting his solid wrist action.
• Tsuyoshi Wada (Tommy John surgery) threw a bullpen session Friday, and he will go back-to-back for the first time in his rehab on Saturday. Wada isn't throwing full bore, but he is working on getting his mechanics back to where they need to be.
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