"Even tomorrow you're excited to see guys out playing a game," Ventura said. "But when you're playing against another team, it always takes it to a different level and it'll be nice to see him out there.
"I'm sure [Abreu] wants to get out there as much as everybody wants to see him out there because he's tired of answering questions of what ifs and things like that. He's ready to go, too."
Ventura is looking forward to getting players in a game situation before Cactus League action starts Friday against the Dodgers.
"See how guys are moving around," Ventura said. "Pitchers, just see where they're at in all of this. Get guys in the game. You're starting to get a little more in-game situations."
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