"He's been Jon Lester," manager Joe Maddon said. "I think he's a guy who leads by example, although if he were to say something, everybody does listen. He's been that guy, he's been exactly what I expected, a consummate pro, quiet in his own way."
Lester will be Chicago's opening day starter on April 5 against the Cardinals.
"I guess that’s what you want to do, get in there, throw strikes and execute," Hamels said, per The Philadelphia Daily News. "I’ve been in a lot of springs and I know what I’m supposed to do with a certain pitch count and the first game and trying to build up. I’m not trying to go out there and blow by everybody. I’m just trying to hit my spots. I wasn't able to do it as much. But if you’re able to throw strikes, then I think that works. I had a general area that I needed to throw it in and I think I was able to do so."
Harvey, who made his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery in Oct. 2013, threw two perfect innings during Friday's spring game and reached as high as 99 mph on the radar gun.
"I feel like I never left," Harvey said, per MLB.com. "I could tell the ball was coming out good. I think I let a few go, but for the most part I was really trying to stay loose and hit my spots, and I felt pretty confident with that."
Harvey began the game with a strikeout of Anthony Gose on a 98 mph fastball. He then broke the bats of Jose Iglesias and Rajai Davis on grounders.
Harvey returned in the second inning with a flyout and two more strikeouts. He threw 25 pitches.
“The last two times I’ve seen him throw, I really liked it. Just better command with his stuff,” Roenicke. "We’re trying to simplify things for him a little bit.
“First, we have to get him locked in with his fastball, get it over the plate, down, so he can attack hitters with it. He has come up with a curveball this year and I like it. It’s a nice curveball. With all of his pitches, I’m liking what I’m seeing.”
Nelson relied primarily on his fastball and sinker last season. He did throw a changeup, but he didn't throw it much. With the addition of a curveball, the Brewers are hoping it will aid his other pitches.
“He throws a changeup but he’s thinking this will help,” Roenicke said. “He’s still working on his changeup and he’ll see which one comes out better.
“He’ll throw all four (pitches). I don’t think he’ll get rid of one. But in different games you go sometimes with a different offspeed, depending on which is working better that day.”
"He's back in the mix, which is great," Padres manager Bud Black said Friday. "Casey felt so great (coming into camp) that the groin injury was a little bit of a setback, but better now than later in spring. We're going to have to monitor his work, even when the season starts. But he'll be fine."
He plans to play catch Friday and throw a bullpen Saturday. De La Rosa also expects to be ready for his next turn through the rotation.
The left-handed pitcher has been one of the Rockies' best pitchers the last two seasons. He is 30-17 with a 3.81 ERA since 2013.