It is looking like Sergio Mitre is going to be it.
While that is excellent, it is even more impressive given the type of pitches he threw. Especially coming off a shoulder injury.
Assuming the young man isn't in pain today, he is next to good to go. All he has to do now is build up arm strength. But the fact he was able to throw mainly breaking and off speed pitches with little difficulty for strikes isn't the only indicator he is the leader for the fifth slot.
Mitre is scheduled to start on Monday, the 26th, against the Cardinals. With his start after that being on March 31.
The club has Mitre starting every five days, as opposed to his chief competition - Yusmeiro Petit.
One reason Petit threw two innings on Wednesday is because he will start on Sunday against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla. Since Petit is going on short rest, he wasn't pushed longer in the Minor League game.
Petit is going after three days rest. This indicates to me with the organization keeping Mitre on a starter's schedule and Petit going on short rest that he is being conditioned for the bullpen.
Just a guess.