With lefties Chris Narveson and Manny Parra pitching in the exhibition game against the Angels, Macha said right-hander Jeff Suppan would stay behind in Maryvale to throw a 90-pitch simulated game under the supervision of pitching coach Rick Peterson.
Macha said Suppan has been bothered periodically in camp with a neck problem and would give that a good test in the simulated game. Suppan has been taking treatment for that problem.
Macha was vague yesterday about what Suppan might do today because of that neck issue. He wanted to hear first from Suppan this morning if he felt OK to pitch before scheduling the simulated game.
Macha said Suppan remains a candidate for the No. 5 starting spot. But, when asked if Suppan might go on the DL, Macha added, "That's a possibility, too."
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