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February 14, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Pushing the limit

Watch this video of Carlos Silva (left) and Felix Hernandez (right) completing a pair of 300-yard shuttle runs. The first one is relatively easy. The second one is pure torture. Players have to finish it in under one minute. Brandon Morrow, who you’ll see talking to trainers at one point, actually threw up during the drill.
Moments later, Silva leans over to Morrow, who is off-camera at this point, and tells him: “That’s at least one pound less!”
Morrow quips: “I’m 181 now.”
This run is only done once, at the start of camp.
“It’s kind of a way to motivate guys to come in — in shape,” Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said.
“The first one’s easy. It’s that second one.”
I spoke to Hernandez afterwards. He’s slightly lighter this year, coming in at 212 pounds compared to about 220 a year ago. And he can’t wait to compete in the World Baseball Classic, where he will be one of Venezuela’s top starters. Don’t forget, Johan Santana has pulled out and Carlos Zambrano is also unlikely to pitch.
Hernandez had been dying to play winter ball in front of his native Venezuelans the past few years, but the M’s prevented him from doing so. So, he sees this as his chance to shine internationally for his homeland.
Silva pitched in relief for Venezuela in the last WBC and is eager to participate this year.
“I have to make the team first,” he told me.
In other news on Venezuelan pitchers, lefty Cesar Jimenez did not participate in today’s drills. He is recovering from tendonitis suffered in winter ball and has also now contracted bronchitis. Not a great day for lefty relief candidates, given the Tyler Johnson update from earlier.

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