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March 12, 2009 at 9:00 AM

First cuts of spring: Josh Fields on the list

The Mariners just announced their first round of cuts this spring, and Josh Fields is on the list. He has been re-assigned to minor-league camp, not totally surprising considering manager Don Wakamatsu’s statement on Wednesday they were going to slow down the progress of Fields, last year’s No. 1 draft pick. He didn’t sign his contract until the outset of camp and reported about a week behind everyone else.
Also re-assigned to minor-league camp were pitcher Tracy Thorpe, catcher Israel Nunez, and infielders Callix Crabbe and Oswaldo Navarro.
The Mariners still have 58 players in major-league camp, including 18 non-roster invitees.
Phillippe Aumont (who is not in major-league camp) returned today from the World Baseball Classic. More on him later.
The Mariners are currently engaged in their annual meeting with Don Fehr, head of the Players Association.
Mariners’ team physician Mitch Storey downplayed Erik Bedard’s gluteus maximus injury.
“It’s minor,” he said. “It’s just tight. He could probably play with it, but we didn’t want to take any chances that he’d aggravate it.”
One interesting thing is that Bedard came with the Mariners about the discomfort. That’s significant because last year he tried to pitch through his shoulder pain and didn’t tell the coaching or medical staff he was hurting for a long time.

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