Not saying this means anything specific, but veteran hitter Mike Sweeney, in camp with the Mariners, just had his locker moved today. Sweeney was in a corner locker that used to be occupied by Raul Ibanez. Today, he’s been moved three stalls down, to the left of Russell Branyan.
It was Branyan who pointed out the move to me and asked, rather cryptically, whether that’s where Ken Griffey Jr. was going to be. Branyan knows Griffey from a previous two-year stint with the Reds. He actually spoke with Griffey at the latter’s home in Orlando a month ago when he played host to a dinner of players attenting a charity golf event.
“I asked him ‘Are we going to be teammates again?’ ” Branyan said. “He seemed very open about it.”
The locker stall to Branyan’s right, next to the corner stall, is also empty. Branyan has his footwear in there for now but expects it to be filled soon. Two lockers for Griffey? Who knows?
By the way, I asked the head equipment manager about the locker move and his response was that he didn’t know the reasoning behind it or whether Griffey was coming or not.
So, stay tuned.
By the way, everybody is arriving at camp as expected, with the exception of Erik Bedard and Jarrod Washburn. Bedard got delayed by a snowstorm — but is expected to make it prior to the 6:30 p.m. cutoff for physicals — while Washburn received permission several weeks ago to attend to a prior engagement. He will arrive for his physical next Tuesday and take the field on Wednesday.
Also, non-roster invitee Luis Munoz, a Dominican pitcher, is having visa issues
Also, don’t miss our first spring training video, of Jeff Clement taking batting practice earlier this morning. Enjoy! And remember, today’s edition of Geoff Baker Live! runs this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Pacific time. You can write in questions to me on a live video broadcast from down here in Peoria, Ariz.
February 13, 2009 at 12:24 PM