The Royals can be seen taking batting practice in the photo above. A couple of moves we told you about last night were officially announced by the team today. The Mariners have sent Class A infielder Deybis Benitez to the Pirates for Class AAA reliever Mike Koplove.
Also, Roy Corcoran has signed a minor league deal with the Houston Astros — news we broke on the blog last night — and will report to their Class AAA affiliate.
Koplove, 32, has had 222 relief appearances over seven major league seasons. He hasn’t pitched in the bigs since five games with Cleveland in 2007.
At present, Koplove gives the Mariners some minor league depth. He was 4-4 with a 1.83 ERA in 44 outings with the AAA clubs of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh this season.
In other news, closer David Aardsma has a boil on his hindquarters and had to go get it “popped” today. Sounds painful. Film at 11. No, just kidding.
Also, MLB has sent out an edict banning that gladiator headgear and other garb the Mariners relief pitchers were donning in the bullpen.
1B Russell Branyan
2B Jose Lopez
DH Ken Griffey Jr.
3B Adrian Beltre
CF Franklin Gutierrez
SS Jack Wilson
C Rob Johnson
LF Michael Saunders
LHP Luke French