Juan Samuel talked to the media this morning and here's what he said on various topics.

*On Alfredo Simon's recovery from a hamstring strain: "He is doing everything, he is progressing," Samuel said. "That is very encouraging there. We just have to see what's going to happen in the next couple days."


Simon is eligible to return from the DL on Wednesday, and Samuel said he's not sure whether that will happen or whether Simon will need to go on a minor league rehab assignment first. When he gets back, he will retain his closer's role and Will Ohman, who has been the temporary closer but has not had a save opportunity, will go back to setting up.

"We are hoping Simon will get up here soon. That will stabilize the bullpen," Samuel said. "You will have a more set scenario out in the 'pen, which always helps."

*Samuel moved around his lineup Sunday, giving Matt Wieters the day off – though he could come in to pinch hit – giving Scott Moore his first start at third base this season and putting Miguel Tejada at DH for the first time this year.

"We have Tejada as a DH, thought we'd give him a blow, get him off the field. Scott Moore in there against a sinkerballer going today, a left-handed bat. [Craig] Tatum is catching, giving Matt Wieters a little break. Wieters is not starting, but that doesn't mean it is an off day. So he could always come in if we needed him. Just trying different things, giving guys a break here and there. Hopefully, they will freshen up and we'll see these guys digging themselves out of what we've gotten into."

Samuel has had Tejada batting second each of the past two days. The veteran had success there last year with the Houston Astros, and Samuel said he wants to see whether Tejada can get going at No. 2.

*Samuel also said Jake Arrieta could be promoted and put in the bullpen if they need the top prospect there. But, assuming Jeremy Guthrie feels good and can make his start this week, Arrieta might remain in the minors.

Arrieta was scratched from his start with Norfolk on Saturday because the club thought they might need him if the bullpen became taxed if Guthrie couldn't pitch late into the game. Guthrie did, and Arrieta pitched two innings in relief Saturday for the Tides.

"We are going to deal with that as we get into next week, see how Guthrie is feeling, if he needs an extra day then we will reconsider and look at our options," Samuel said. "[Arrieta] was definitely one if Guthrie couldn't go as long we wanted him. We have that option going. Hopefully, we won't need him here soon, but if we do, again, we need to use all of our options, keep them open and go forward."