Left-hander Johan Santana, who continues his rehab after a second shoulder surgery since 2010, is scheduled to throw a batting practice session to hitters Thursday. He's still simulating a five-day rotation in Sarasota to make sure he recovers well from days when he pitches. … Third baseman Michael Almanzar (left knee) played in his first extended spring training game Tuesday, acting as the starting designated hitter for five innings. He will play the field for the first time Wednesday, starting at third base and playing seven innings. If he continues to progress, he should go on a minor league rehab assignment soon. … Showalter said right-hander Dylan Bundy, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery last June, is beginning to spin the ball but hasn't thrown any breaking balls in bullpen sessions yet. Showalter said Bundy should start that sometime this week, and it will be his final step before getting into games. … Left-hander Troy Patton, who is in the midst of serving a 25-game suspension after testing positive for a banned amphetamine last season, is eligible to go on a rehab assignment Saturday, but the club hasn't decided which affiliate he will join. … Triple-A Norfolk right-hander Steve Johnson (right shoulder inflammation) and outfielder Xavier Paul (lower back strain) were placed on the disabled list. Both moves were retroactive to Saturday. Catcher Brian Ward joined the Tides in a corresponding move. … The Orioles released minor league outfielder Trent Mummey, who was the team's fourth-round draft pick in 2010 out of Auburn. Mummey was hitting .182 (4-for-22) with one run scored and eight strikeouts for High-A Frederick.