Thursday Morning News And Notes: 3/5/14

Quick round of ST news bits that we haven't touched on yet: - All continues to be well for Masahiro Tanaka this spring.  He threw another trouble-free bullpen session yesterday and the word on the street is that he will make his ST debut a week from today.  Nothing official from the team there yet, but keep your eyes and ears peeled.

- The team confirmed that Carlos Beltran will indeed make his 2015 debut tomorrow and he will do so in right field.  Guess that elbow is feeling OK.

- Brendan Ryan is saying he feels good working his way back from a back strain, but the team had him take a day off yesterday after he told them he felt sore.  Something's not adding up there.

- More early starter announcements, courtesy of Chad Jennings: Bryan Mitchell and Chris Capuano get the split-squad games tomorrow, Scott Baker will go Saturday.  Reminder that Esmil Rogers is the scheduled starter today.

- If you missed it yesterday, here's a gif of the Nathan Eovaldi strikeout splitter courtesy of MLB GIFS.  Mmmmmmmm, spliiiiitteeeerrrr...

P.S.- The title of this post was "Wednesday Morning... " right up until I went to publish it and actually read it.  Been that kind of week.