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• Porter said the team has yet to even discuss when 2013 No. 1 Draft pick Mark Appel might make his first Grapefruit League appearance. Appel is a bit behind his teammates after undergoing an appendectomy.

• Porter said catcher Jason Castro's schedule has been mapped out for the spring. Like last year, Castro will play about every other day for a week before increasing his at-bats for a couple of weeks. Porter will slow Castro down for a week and then ramp his playing time back up toward the end.

• Porter said the team has yet to even discuss when 2013 No. 1 Draft pick Mark Appel might make his first Grapefruit League appearance. Appel is a bit behind his teammates after undergoing an appendectomy.

• Porter said catcher Jason Castro's schedule has been mapped out for the spring. Like last year, Castro will play about every other day for a week before increasing his at-bats for a couple of weeks. Porter will slow Castro down for a week and then ramp his playing time back up toward the end.

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