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April 4, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Morrow to close; Tuiasosopo, Kelley, Jakubauskas, Corcoran on team

MARINERS 25-MAN ROSTER
PITCHERS (12) RHP David Aardsma, RHP Miguel Batista, LHP Erik Bedard, RHP Roy Corcoran, RHP Felix Hernandez, RHP Chris Jakubauskas, RHP Shawn Kelley, RHP Mark Lowe, RHP Brandon Morrow, LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith, RHP Carlos Silva, LHP Jarrod Washburn. 60-day DL: Ryan Feierabend. 15-day DL: LHP Cesar Jimenez.
CATCHERS (2): Kenji Johjima, Rob Johnson.
INFIELDERS (7): Adrian Beltre, Yuniesky Betancourt, Russell Branyan, Ronny Cedeno, Jose Lopez, Mike Sweeney, Matt Tuiasosopo.
OUTFIELDERS (4): Wladimir Balentien, Endy Chavez, Ken Griffey Jr., Franklin Gutierrez. 15-day DL: Ichiro.
SATURDAY TRANSACTIONS
Recalled from AAA Tacoma: INF Matt Tuiasosopo.
Selected from AAA Tacoma: INF Mike Sweeney, RHP Chris Jakubauskas, RHP Shawn Kelley.
Placed on 15-day disabled list (retrotactive to March 31): OF Ichiro.
Outrighted to AAA Tacoma: RHP Jesus Delgado.
Re-Assigned to minor league camp: LHP Tyler Johnson, RHP Chad Cordero, C Jamie Burke, INF Chris Burke, INF Chris Woodward. OF Mike Wilson.
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It took awhile to inform all the players amidst the scramble to exit Cashman Field and head to Minnesota, but the final roster has been set.
The highlights:
Matt Tuiasosopo made the team, filling Ichiro’s spot on the roster. He was clearly thrilled as he exited the clubhouse, saying that his first call was to his parents. (I’ll have many quotes in a later post, but want to get the news out first). The Mariners basically wanted to reward Tuiasosopo for his outstanding spring. Don Wakamatsu said Ronny Cedeno could play outfield if needed.
–Two rookie pitchers with no major-league experience, Chris Jakubauskas and Shawn Kelley, are on the team in the bullpen. Roy Corcoran also made it. Odd man out is Jesus Delgado, who was outrighted to Tacoma (meaning that he cleared waivers). There are no lefties in the pen.
Rob Johnson is officially the backup catcher, with Jamie Burke re-assigned to minor league camp.
Mike Sweeney officially selected from Tacoma to join the 40-man (and 25-man) roster, but that’s been a foregone conclusion.
Brandon Morrow, who had an impressive inning today, will be the closer, Wakamatsu said.
Ken Griffey Jr. will start in right field on Opening Night in Minnesota, and Endy Chavez will be the leadoff hitter.
–The toughest cut, according to Wakamatsu, was Mike Wilson, re-assigned to minor league camp.
I’ll post this, then update with the final roster.

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