(Eric Wedge watches the Mariners go through a pickoff drill at today’s workout in Peoria, Ariz.)
The Mariners don’t believe it’s anything serious, but since it’s Carlos Guillen, it has to raise some eyebrows that he was held out of workouts for the second straight day on Saturday with calf tightness.
Guillen is 36 and has had a myriad of injuries in his career. Last year, he was limited to 28 games because of knee and wrist injuries that landed him on the disabled list for separate stints. Ominously, his season ended on Sept. 18 when he strained his right calf in a game with Oakland. He missed the Tigers’ final nine games and wasn’t on their postseason roster. Guillen also was on the DL for a calf injury in 2010.
The Mariners hope Guillen can provide them some depth at the corners and offensive punch off the bench. But he’s got to show he can stay healthy, which has been a challenge throughout his career.
“He’s getting a little bit better, but he’s not to the point we want him to be,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said after today’s workout. “We’re just keeping him off his feet and doing treament the last couple of days. It’s going to help him. We’ll take another good look at him tomorrow morning. My guess is we’ll probably keep him off the field again tomorrow. He feels a little bit better today. That’s good.”
The Mariners will hold their second intrasquad game on Sunday, with Kevin Millwood and Felix Hernandez as the starting pitchers. Franklin Gutierrez and Trayvon Robinson, who have been limited recently by leg tightness, should be back, Wedge said.
Saturday was one of the shortest work days of the spring, limited to fundamental drills and batting practice. The team was off the field about 11:45.
“It was a good day,” Wedge said. “The guys are doing a good job. You have to have short days as you’re working through camp, especially with the games coming up.”
For those who are wondering, here is the roster for the minor-league mini-camp that has been ongoing, and runs through the end of next week, when the full minor-league camp opens:
Pitchers: 10 Victor Sanchez, 39 Brandon Maurer, 20 George Mieses, 29 Stephen Landazuri, 25 Jordan Shipers, 28 Andrew Carraway, 31 Roenis Elias, 35 Mayckol Guaipe, 37 Jonathan Arias, 27 Lars Huijer, 30 Carson Smith, 23 Carter Capps, 26 Tyler Burgood, 36 Brian Moran.
Catchers: 9 Steven Baron, 3 Jack Marder, 22 John Hicks, 12 Marcus Littlewood, 7 Tyler Marlette.
Infielders: 18 Martin Peguero, 6 Brad Miller, 2 Eric Campbell, 21 Stefen Romero, 24 Ramon Morla, 1 Bryan Brito, 19 Jharmidy De Jesus, 5 Cavan Cohoes, 40 Gabriel Noriega, 14 Steven Proscia.
Outfielders: 4 Guillermo Pimentel, 16 Jabari Blash, 17 Phillips Castillo, 13 Alfredo Morales, 8 Jose Flores, 11 Andrew Giobbi, 15 Eddy Martinez-Esteve.