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Dave Trembley stayed in Sarasota with what amounts to his "A" team, which basically includes everyone in the projected Opening Day starting lineup except for Garrett Atkins and Brian Roberts. Atkins apparently got the short straw today and had to be the one starting position player to make the bus trip to Fort Myers for the split-squad game against the Red Sox at City of Palms Park.

Trembley reported that Brian Roberts was able to swing the bat from both sides of the plate today, hitting off a tee and taking some soft toss. Roberts was back on the field today with his teammates and looks pretty comfortable.

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There is no update yet on Koji Uehara, who was scheduled to throw off flat ground today to test his tweaked left hamstring. Despite the latest in a series of injuries that have made Uehara undependable, Trembley said he's not concerned.

"I don't feel uncertain that he'll be ready for the season,'' Trembley said. "I've been led to believe it is a day-to-day thing. If we get to a point two or three days before camp ends, then I'd have some reason to be alarmed."

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Mike Gonzalez still is scheduled to pitch in tomorrow's game against the Phillies at Clearwater, but we'll have to wait and see if he makes that trip. He has indicated that he'd rather throw in camp so he can get treatment right beforehand, but Trembley said he's still on the travel roster.

"If that changes,'' he said, "I'll tell you after the game."

Nolan Reimold is feeling the weight of his 0-for-19 start, but Trembley said he's getting close to breaking out.

"He's working at it," Trembley said. "Crow (Terry Crowley) says he's getting close. I think he is handling it really well."

My take: For those who wonder if there is a possibility of Reimold starting in the minor leagues, my guess is that the only way he isn't on the Opening Day active roster is if he's still too sore to play everyday. In that case, however, I would guess he would start at extended spring training.

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