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August 24, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Wakamatsu: Ichiro could return Wednesday

Ichiro isn’t in the lineup today because of tightness in his left calf that forced him out of Sunday’s game in Cleveland. Manager Don Wakamatsu said Ichiro has been dealing with it for about a week, and he’s listed as day to day.”
“He’s been getting massages on it and trying to stretch it out, and it finally grabbed on him a little bit yesterday in that last at-bat,” Wakamatsu said. “I just got done talking to him five minutes ago and he says it feels a lot better today than he thought it would be, so it’s a good sign.”
Wakamatsu added that he doesn’t foresee Ichiro playing tomorrow. “Probably the day after would be the day to shoot for,” he said. “I’m not trying to put a time table on it. He seemed pretty encouraged about it. He felt it wasn’t that bad.”

Wakamatsu said it probably wouldn’t help to limit Ichiro to designated hitter.
“With him, the blunt of the stress on his leg is more offensively that anything. I would consider it, but I don’t foresee it. If he comes in and says he’s ready to play, I’ll probably play him in right field.”
Pinch-hitting tonight doesn’t appear to be an option.
“You’re risking some things if he’s not 100 percent at that point. For me, it’s playing him or not, right now.”

  • On Adrian Beltre, Wakamatsu said: “Adrian is feeling better. There’s still some swelling in there. He’s going to do some light activity and take some batting practice today. This might be a good sign. We talked in Cleveland that he might not be able to make it back for the 28th (when he’s eligible to come off the disabled list). To me this is more promising. We’ll see how he reacts today.”
  • Ryan Langerhans has a sore shoulder from hitting the wall Sunday in Cleveland attempting a catch. He’s able to play but will only be used in an emergency.
  • Carlos Silva will throw a simulated game on Wednesday of about 35 to 40 pitches. If it goes well, the Mariners might send out Silva on a minor-league assignment. Another option is one more simulated game before he heads down.
  • Wakamatsu said that Bill Hall, who starts for Ichiro in right, was also an option at leadoff. Instead, Hall will hit fifth,and Franklin Gutierrez will bat first.
    ” I like having some protection behind Grif (Ken Griffey Jr.),” he said.

  • Chris Jakubauskas, recently optioned to Tacoma, is still with the team.
    “He’s going to play catch today and he’ll probably throw one bullpen, and then he’ll go down and throw,” Wakamatsu said. “We don’t know if it’s going to be Thursday or Friday, probably Friday, We’ll try to get him two outings if we can and talk about bringing him up (Sept. 1).”
    Adam Kennedy 3B
    Mark Ellis 2B
    Scott Hairston LF
    Jack Cust RF
    Kurt Suzuki C
    Ryan Sweeney CF
    Landon Powell DH
    Daric Barton 1B
    Cliff Pennington SS
    Vin Mazzarro RHP (4-8, 5.31 ERA)
    Franklin Gutierrez CF
    Russell Branyan 1B
    Jose Lopez 2B
    Ken Griffey Jr. DH
    Bill Hall RF
    Kenji Johjima C
    Jack Hannahan 3B
    Jack Wilson SS
    Michael Saunders LF
    Ian Snell RHP (1-1, 6.63 ERA)

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