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March 17, 2007 at 10:15 AM

Mariners jump gun

Hate to do this to you all, but I don’t control the flow of information coming out of Mariners camp. Seems that manager Mike Hargrove was a tad premature in declaring an “all clear” scenario for pitcher J.J. Putz. That’s because the team’s medical director, Dr. Edward Khalfayan, hadn’t even seen Putz’s MRI results when Hargrove spoke to us just before 9 a.m.
The Mariners sent an overnight courrier package to Khalfayan in Seattle that was supposed to get there right about now. Once Khalfayan actually looks at the MRI scans and phones the Mariners with his conclusions — something we were led to believe had already happened when Hargrove declared “the news on J.J. is better than we’d hoped” and talked about Plan B in the past tense — then we’ll know exactly what the prognosis on Putz is.
Now, it’s possible Khalfayan already offered a preliminary opinion upon speaking to the radiologist who conducted the MRI. Perhaps that’s what Hargrove is working off of. But who knows? Only the Mariners. Or maybe not. Sorry about the rollercoaster ride.

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