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March 5, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Morrow scratched from Saturday start

A little bit of ominous news today from manager Don Wakamatsu, who reports that Brandon Morrow has some stiffness in his right forearm and will now miss his scheduled start against the Dodgers on Saturday.
Don’t freak out too much, however. Wakamatsu and the Mariners’ medical staff believe this is minor. They are encouraged that the pain is in Morrow’s forearm and not his elbow, and they seem to feel this is normal spring-training stiffness that many, if not most, pitchers go through.
The plan is for Morrow to throw a bullpen session next Tuesday, and if that goes well he will start next Friday, March 13, against the Cubs in Mesa.
“We’re being careful with it,” Wakamatsu said. “It’s pain more in the forearm than the elbow. That’s good.”
Asked what causes this, Wakamatsu said, “Sometimes guys early in camp try to manipulate the ball a little bit more, put more pressure on the fingertips.”
In other news, Mike Sweeney could make his Cactus League debut Saturday if the Dodgers agree to allow a designated hitter in their home game. And the manager met with Ken Griffey today to discuss playing time. Griffey will take today off, get at-bats in a simulated game tomorrow, and probably be back at DH Sunday against the Diamondacks. The Mariners are off Monday, and Griffey will likely DH again on Tuesday. If all goes well, they will re-evaluate on Thursday to discuss when Griffey will see action in the outfield. That could take place on March 14th or 15th, said Wakamatsu, who wants Griffey to get “five or six” games in the outfield.

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