News and notes from Sarasota on Reimold, Santana, Bundy and Ayala

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Tuesday was a busy day at the Ed Smith Stadium complex.

Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold saw his first simulated game action in several weeks, making five plate appearances in a simulated game on the Camden Yards field at the complex. 

Reimold tracked pitches in his first at-bat, then hit a looper to right field in his second plate appearance. Reimold hit a scorcher up the middle in his third at-bat, then drew a walk and hit a ball that would have been a groundout to shortstop.

-- Left-hander Johan Santana threw 28 pitches in his first extended spring training game, a two-inning stint, on Monday, and he said he felt good today. 

Santana’s fastball was in the 86-89 mph range, but maybe more importantly, his changeup was in the 75-76 mph range, giving him a nice 12 mph gap between the pitches.

That was hit first extended spring training game, so the expectation is that he can continue to improve his velocity as he works up his innings and pitch count.

Santana, recovering from his second shoulder surgery in three years, will throw three innings in his next extended spring training outing Saturday. He will likely build up to five innings before he is considered for a rehab start with a minor league affiliate.

-- Right-hander Dylan Bundy threw 50 pitches Monday and is set for another 50-pitch bullpen Thursday.

The next step for Bundy would be throwing batting practice next Tuesday, which will be the first time he is facing live hitters since March 24 of last year.

The plan is for Bundy to throw at least two live batting practice sessions before he could pitch in a simulated game.

-- Right-handed reliever Luis Ayala, on the minor league disabled list with neck stiffness, has thrown five outings in extended spring training games.

Ayala has thrown all of his pitches effectively and had thrown outings of multiple innings.