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June 15, 2007 at 4:32 PM

Tracking down some news

Been busy running around the ballpark, working the phones too. Here’s some news that you haven’t heard elsewhere yet:
Julio Mateo had his day in court in New York. Looks like he’ll have another on Sept. 4 as the case was put off until then. Mateo’s activities today involved signing an order of protection in front of a judge, in which he agreed to continue staying away from his wife, Aurea. Remember, she was assaulted at the team’s hotel back on May 5. At the time, she obtained a temporary protective order preventing him from contacting her. Mateo still faces third-degree assault charges in the case and a spokesman for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office told me this afternoon that nothing has changed on that front.
So, it raises the question of what the Mariners are supposed to do with Mateo.
The team had been waiting to see what would happen at today’s court date. Since essentially nothing happened, other than Mateo being told to have no contact with his wife, the team is no more enlightened about what’s coming down the pipe legally than it was six weeks ago. The season will almost be over by the time Mateo has another court date.
Mariners GM Bill Bavasi was aware of what unfolded in court today, but wouldn’t say what his next move would be.
“I’m not going to discuss any of it,” he said. “I haven’t even discussed it with him. I’m not going to discuss it with anyone else.”
Remember though, that the Mariners players have been discussing it amongst themselves behind closed doors. Some are in favor of Mateo returning, others are not.
In the meantime, the team has activated Ryan Feieranbend in order to use him in long relief. One of you asked me why they didn’t just bring Feierabend up right away instead of Jake Woods. I asked Mike Hargrove that question and the answer was that Woods had the fresher of the two arms when the team needed him to pitch the middle game of the series in Chicago.
As for Adrian Beltre, don’t expect to see him hit or field on this road trip. Beltre played catch today, only he didn’t catch the ball. Had a designated catcher beside him while he did the throwing. Tells you what you need to know about the state of his thumb.
Hargrove said Beltre is slowly improving. But if he isn’t ready by next Tuesday — after the team’s off-day — expect him to go on the DL. That’s me talking, not Hargrove.
By the way, for those of you who asked, the team will be sticking with its regular rotation after the off-day. In other words, no, Jeff Weaver’s next start will not be skipped.
Tonight’s lineups:
2B Craig Biggio
CF Hunter Pence
1B Lance Berkman
LF Carlos Lee
SS Mark Loretta
RF Luke Scott
3B Mike Lamb
C Brad Ausmus
LHP Wandy Rodriguez
CF Ichiro
2B Jose Lopez
RF Jose Guillen
LF Raul Ibanez
1B Richie Sexson
C Kenji Johjima
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
3B Willie Bloomquist
RHP Felix Hernandez



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