SARASOTA, Fla. – The timetable for lefty John Means has not changed. He began spring training a month behind the other pitchers after he had an extended winter rest period. This followed his missing the American League Division Series with elbow soreness.
But Means is continuing to throw in Florida and his next step, he said today, will be live bullpen sessions coming in the next week or two.
But he is not likely to pitch in any spring training games, which run through March 24. And he is still expected to begin the regular season on the injured list.
“Means, maybe, probably not,” manager Brandon Hyde said this morning when asked specifically whether Means will pitch before the spring games end.
Said Means, who went 1-2 with a 2.66 ERA in four starts last September: “I’m going to be doing some live BPs here coming up. We’ll see where it goes from there. We’re getting there.”