Manager Dave Trembley spent part of his pregame news briefing explaining why he will no longer give daily updates on the starting rotation.
"In all likelihood, I'm not going to name the starting five until the camp is over,'' Trembley said. "Good or bad, I'm not going to answer whether somebody is in or out after somebody makes a start."
That's probably a good policy, since the situation seems to change by the day. Trembley confirmed that Hayden Penn will start Tuesday's exhibition game and Mark Hendrickson will go to Fort Myers to start a minor league game on Wednesday. Read into that what you will.
Gregg Zaun remains questionable the day after he was scratched from the lineup in Jupiter, Fla., with a sore elbow. Trembley said he doesn't know when Zaun will be able to play again, but said Gregg has assured him he'll be ready to go on Opening Day. So, for the moment, you can stop fantasizing about Matt Wieters being forced onto the major league roster early.
Though backup catcher candidates Robby Hammock and Chad Moeller will start the next couple of games, their performance during the final days of camp probably won't have a big impact on their chances of making the club.
"They are what they are,'' said Trembley, who will choose between them based on the needs of the club.
It's possible that both end up making the team on Opening Day if Zaun needs to start the season on the disabled list, though no one is really pondering that possibility yet.
The whole 12-man vs. 13-man pitching staff issue might be decided tomorrow. Trembley said he's going to have "a very strong cup of coffee" and meet with pitching coach Rick Kranitz to discuss the best way to handle the situation. I'm going to guess they end up with 12 pitchers on Opening Day, with somebody poised to come up from the minor leagues in case of an emergency.