June 5, 2009 at 5:48 PM
Pregame notes from manager Don Wakamatsu
Ryan Rowland-Smith is pitching in Tacoma on Friday, and manager Don Wakamatsu said the expectation is that the hyphenated one will throw 100 pitches or so and the schedule is still that he’ll start for the Mariners June 11 in Baltimore.
Wakamatsu also said that Roy Corcoran will be sent out this weekend, presumably to begin a rehab assignment, but there is no return date for Corcoran yet.
Catcher Kenji Johjima isn’t going to be doing any hitting until the results of X-rays come back, and that will be Tuesday.
Mike Sweeney is Seattle’s designated hitter on Friday, not Ken Griffey Jr., as left-hander Francisco Liriano is starting for the Twins. Manager Don Wakamatsu was asked if Griffey’s absence was because the Twins’ were starting a left-hander or if it was to keep Griffey fresh.
“Probably a combination of all that,” Wakamatsu said. “Everybody needs to play. Getting Mike in there is important for the team concept. Secondary to that is keeping Griff healthy. I think we’ve been able to handle that.”
Ronny Cedeno is starting at shortstop, and Wakamatsu said it’s important to keep the utility player moving around to have him comfortable at a number of spots.
“We had Ronny out in left field,” Wakamatsu said. “He didn’t play a whole lot on the road trip. We were doing some mechanical adjustments on his swing, trying to get him to feel a little bit more comfortable.”
Wakamatsu said Betancourt should return to the lineup on Saturday.
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