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Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

March 5, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Let’s all meet at Baker’s house!

I’m in Peoria, Ariz., covering the Mariners today, before slipping off for a couple of days to enjoy some leisurely spring training time with my family. We’re going to venture to the Grand Canyon on Saturday — something I’ve somehow never done in all the years I’ve been coming to Arizona. I can’t wait. I promise to look at it longer than Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Vacation. Jose Romero will be here tomorrow in our ever-shifting cast of blog characters.

I’m filing most of my posts today at Geoff Baker’s Mariners’ blog, though I hope to have a substantial post here later on.

The news here today is that Brandon Morrow has been scratched from his start on Saturday because of forearm stiffness. However, the Mariners don’t believe this is serious. I remember two years ago, J.J. Putz had a similar problem in the spring, and it was panic city for awhile. Putz went on to have one of the greatest seasons a closer has ever had. In fact, Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated rated it as the third-best season by a closer in history (it’s in the second half of the story). It’s something to watch closely, but it’s too early to get overly concerned.

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