Hernandez (forearm) is currently penciled in by manager Scott Servais as the Opening Day starter, but the skipper won't make a definitive decision until the right-hander gets through his Saturday Cactus League start against the Cubs, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "We still haven't made a decision on it yet," Servais said. "It really depends on where he's at and how he comes out of [this Saturday's outing]. If he does need one more, we'll give him one more. But we want to give him every opportunity to make the Opening Day start if it's good and he's able to hit the benchmarks we have out there."
Miranda's chances of opening the season as the fifth starter increased with the Monday demotion of Rob Whalen to Triple-A Tacoma, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "Miranda has done it before," manager Scott Servais said. "He's the guy with the experience. He's the guy that will probably get the first shot at coming up and filling that spot."