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February 19, 2007 at 8:21 AM

Move-in day for Mariners

It’s calm here now but the training staff is preparing for today’s arrival of the remainder of the squad and the physicals they’ll have to pass. Everyone hopes for less-than-sweltering heat before a move-in and they’ll get their wish today since a cold front is passing through and it’s only 59 degrees and cloudy out as players take the field.
Here’s some early news for the nostalgic types out there. Seems that Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner and Dan Wilson will all be showing up at camp early next month as guest coaches. Buhner and Wilson are expected to be here the week of March 4-9 (don’t hold me exactly to those dates, just repeating what I’ve been told) while Edgar may come around that time as well. His dates have yet to be firmed-up.
Mariners manager Mike Hargrove was asked all about his introductory speech planned for tomorrow when all 62 players will be in camp. Hargrove insists he isn’t putting any extra emphasis on it in this, his “Hot Seat” spring. But he does feel it’s important to set the right tone and that players will respond to what is said — from a focus perspective — if the talk is done right.
Talked briefly with Rey Ordonez as he scrambled to get his uniform on in time to head out for stretching. He had a cellphone call right in the middle of it and was wolfing down his breakfast as well but still seemed eager to converse. This is supposedly the first spring in several years in which he hasn’t felt aches and pains in his body heading in. The three-time gold glove infielder for the Mets in vthe late 1990s did a lot of diving for balls back then and it took its toll. But he played about 25 winter league games in Puerto Rico this off-season and says he feels better than ever heading in. He’ll have to be in top shape, since his chances of making the club as an infield reservist are very slim. Ordonez stayed in the majors as long as he did because of his defense, but hasn’t played regularly since 2002 with the Mets. He had a handful of games for the Devil Rays in 2003 as well.
Mark Lowe is supposed to meet with Dr. Lewis Yocum at 2:40 p.m. local time. Lowe expects to be cleared to begin some soft throwing in the outfield in about a week’s time.
Here’s our ex-Mariners link for the day.
Time to head out to watch grown men stretch. I know, I know. I can do that back at our Times condo once columnist Jerry Brewer shows up this week. But at least here, I have some multiple options if I don’t like what I see. On a day like this, much colder than the players have felt since getting here, it’s going to be important to get that stretching in. With so many players coming off injuries of some sort, the team’s coaching staff will be holding its breath early on to make sure something serious doesn’t happen in weeks in which the temperature fluctuates so vastly. If you saw my previous post and link to what the Angels are going through right now, you know what I mean about early injuries having the potential to dampen a mood. I’m still picking the Angels, by the way.

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