The Mariners decided to hold back on having Ichiro take batting practice today. They’re being extra cautious with his tight left calf, which has now caused him to miss three games.
“We haven’t thought about the DL,” Mariner manager Don Wakamatsu said. “We don’t think it’s that serious, but we want to make sure he’s 100 percent when he gets back in there.”
Ichiro is lobbying to play, Wakamatsu said.
“I think the dialogue going on right now is he wants to play, I want him to play, but we both want to be able to accomplish the same thing, and be able to play as many games this season as possible and not risk anything.
“He says he’s ready to go. He said he was ready to go in spring training, too (when Ichiro began the season on the DL with a bleeding ulcer). He wants to play every day. We’re going to come to an agreement. When we both feel warm and fuzzy about how he feels, we’ll put him out there.”
“I noticed, and Rick (Adair) talked about it, his arm angle is better, and he’s got a little more life on his pitches,” Wakamatsu said.
The Mariners’ goal is to get Silva back up to the majors this year to pitch in relief. He won’t start any games for them, Wakamatsu said. After the season, they’d like him to pitch in winter ball in his native Venezuela.
“He’s been dormant so long, it’s important he gets work to test his shoulder and allow his pitches to work,” Wakamatsu said.
“I don’t know how intelligent that is, but it shows he’s feeling pretty good,” Wakamatsu said.