Among those checking in were pitchers Derek Lowe, Jeff Weaver, Odalis Perez, Kazuhisa Ishii, Yhency Brazoban, Edwin Jackson, Elmer Dessens, Frank Brooks, Joel Hanrahan, D.J. Houlton, Ryan Ketchner and Orlando Rodriguez and catcher David Ross.
The biggest question mark of the spring, and the one everyone is talking about, Brad Penny, will follow a special schedule set by trainer Stan Johnson. Penny's unusual arm injury suffered last year has been on everyone's mind during the off-season.
Johnston told MLB.com that Penny's offseason rehabilitation went without a setback and the only reason he still has not thrown off a mound is because the right-hander came down with the flu last week.
"He's worked his butt off this winter," Johnston said of Penny.
Penny apparently still has numbness in his forearm from damage to the nerve near his biceps tendon. Robb Nen suffered the same injury early in his career and still has numbness, but it has not limited his ability to pitch.
Outfielder Jayson Werth, who suffered a partially torn elbow ligament during the playoffs against St. Louis, finished the season in pain and chose to rehabilitate instead of face Tommy John reconstruction surgery, has healed and is expected to be ready to go. Johnston said Werth has made some long throws from the outfield and has not experienced further problems.
Shoulder and knee operations performed on Darren Dreifort has probably ended his baseball career, but Johnston said the rest of the club appears to be healthy as camp opens.
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