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Pitching update

Here's a follow-up on the morning comments of manager Dave Trembley and pitching coach Rick Kranitz with a little more specific rundown of the pitching situation for the next few days:

Tomorrow: Alfredo Simon, Hayden Penn, Radhames Liz and Dennis Sarfate are scheduled to face the Nationals in Viera.

Friday: Danys Baez, Matt Albers and Chris Ray will face the Mets at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Brad Bergesen and Brian Bass will pitch against the Boston Red Sox minor leaguers at Fort Myers.

Pitching coach Rick Kranitz said Koji Uehara would throw a bullpen session on Friday, face hitters in simulated action on Sunday and perhaps pitch in a game on Mar. 24. Interestingly enough, the 24th was the date the Japanese media was throwing around within a day or two after Uehara first tweaked his left hamstring. Kranitz laid out the whole plan, but conceded that everything would depend on how Koji feels after Friday's workout. "You can't decide on anything past the side session,'' Kranitz said, "but you have to plan it out."

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