A few pregame notes (and Twins lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alfredo Simon, sidelined with a groin injury, will pitch Wednesday against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. He'll throw a couple of innings after starter Dana Eveland leaves the game.

Outfielder Jai Miller (knee) will make the trip to Dunedin and is expected to play.

Outfielder Endy Chavez (groin) could return to the lineup Thursday night against the Yankees in Tampa.

Manager Buck Showalter said Tsuyoshi Wada could make two more starts after today, though he'll have to get creative and do some maneuvering to make it happen.

The Orioles still view Wada as a starter right now.

Nick Markakis' next start in right field will come Thursday against the Yankees.

Asked about his leadoff candidates beyond Nolan Reimold and Endy Chavez, Showalter said Robert Andino could do it "in given situations," and Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty would be a possibility on occasions if he makes the team.

Jake Arrieta will hasn't been told whether he's the opening day starter April 6, but that's the assumption around here. Showalter is close to making an announcement, though he won't do it today.

Arrieta will be working on six days' rest when he starts Saturday against the Pirates in Brandenton, so he threw a bullpen session this morning and will do some long tossing. He'd be working on five days' rest for the opener.

I'll post some quotes from Arrieta and Showalter in my next entry.

For the Twins:
Denard Span CF
Jamey Carroll SS
Joe Mauer 1B
Justin Morneau DH
Luke Hughes 3B
Chris Parmelee RF
Ben Revere LF
J.R. Towles C
Alexi Casilla 2B

Anthony Swarzak RHP

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