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March 24, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Beltre feeling sore

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Don’t forget Geoff Baker Live! coming up at 11 a.m. We’ll talk about where this team is headed, how it’s shaping up in the outfield and at catcher and what to look for in those position races that no one has told you about yet.
Just got done talking to Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu, seen talking above with bullpen coach John Wetteland. It turns out that Adrian Beltre’s surgically repaired shoulder began acting up a bit after his previous
“Four or five days ago in his last game, he felt it a little bit in his shoulder,” Wakamatsu said. “It’s nothing serious, but we’d rather take it (slow) now than later. Again, our whole goal with him is to be where he feels good and doesn’t have any aches or pains prior to the season. He got up to speed and felt comfortable in the (batter’s) box, so this is probably the best time to give him some time.”
Beltre will work out today, but won’t play in a game until Thursday, following tomorrow’s off-day for the team.
Wakamatsu talked about some of the good things he’s seen out of Franklin Gutierrez (photo below), batting higher up in the order in both the leadoff and No. 2 spots. But Wakamatsu plans to bump Gutierrez further back once the season begins. I asked him whether he likes to break younger guys in slowly before putting them high up in the order.
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“I think the word is maturity, not so much age-wise but maturity as a hitter,” he said. “You look every day at your options. Can he hit and run with a guy, can he work the count. And that’s what we’re looking for putting him in that spot a little bit. Just to be able to see things. The bunting game, he’s gone on and off with that. We talked about that yesterday, just to keep that as part of your game plan.”
Brandon Morrow takes the mound tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Glendale, Ariz. in the second split-squad game for the M’s. Down below, the lineups for this afternoon’s home game against the Texas Rangers.
Texas Rangers (14-10)
5 Ian Kinsler 2B
10 Michael Young 3B
32 Josh Hamilton CF
25 Andruw Jones DH
17 Nelson Cruz RF
9 Hank Blalock 1B
22 Marlon Byrd LF
21 Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
1 Elvis Andrus SS
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20 Brandon McCarthy RHP
Seattle Mariners (12-12-1)
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
3 Ronny Cedeno SS
24 Ken Griffey Jr. LF
5 Mike Sweeney DH
13 Chris Shelton 1B
12 Mike Morse 3B
15 Jamie Burke C
1 Reegie Corona 2B
96 Tyson Gillies RF
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56 Jarrod Washburn LHP

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