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August 27, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Ichiro not in lineup for Mariners, may not be until weekend

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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. I’d love to tell you that Ichiro is in the lineup tonight, but, well, he’s not, so I can’t. May not be until at least Saturday or Sunday. Don Wakamatsu said the decision is at least partly in Ichiro’s hands as to whether he’ll be ready to play, but of course, that’s not really all that true since Ichiro would be out there tonight if that was the case.
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You can see, in the photo above, Ken Griffey Jr., giving Ichiro his condolensces about being out of the lineup again. Ichiro did take batting practice. He can throw and hit without any soreness in his calf muscle. It’s the running part he doesn’t have down pat yet.
“There’s still no timeframe on his return,” Mariners manager Wakamatsu said. “He’ll just take it day-to-day.”

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Wakamatsu watched as Ichiro jogged in the outfield before batting practice.
“His heart says he wants to get in there,” he said. “But it is in the calf area, where, if he moves fast, he’s got a chance of injuring it again.
“So, we want to make sure that jog out there becomes a little more of a sprint.”
The same thing applies to Adrian Beltre, who you can see jogging in the photo above. He’s eligible to come off the DL tomorrow, but as we told you last weekend, he isn’t going to be ready in time. It’s one thing to be able to jog. Quite another to go full game speed with all the quick stops and starts that entails.
I spoke to Carlos Silva not too long ago and he told me he feels great today after yesterday’s simulated game. The plan now is for him to throw a bullpen session on Saturday, then, almost certainly, he’ll go out on a minor league rehabilitation stint.
“They haven’t told me yet, but I assume that’s the plan,” Silva said. “For one or two games, then I’ll come back and pitch.”
The minor league season is almost done so the M’s will have to make it an abbreviated rehab in any case. After that, he’ll be strictly a bullpen arm.
Wakamatsu was asked whether any starts are envisioned for Silva later on in September.
“Even then, if we do that, we’re talking about two innings, three innings,” Wakamatsu said. “The idea is to get him back up here in the bullpen, get him acclimated throwing again, try to build his pitch count up.”
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In the photo above, Miguel Batista and former teammate Yuniesky Betancourt share a little career advice with each other. Meanwhile, in the photo below, another ex-Mariner (there are a ton of them here today) tells GM Jack Zduriciek: “I hear you might need a DH next season. I only cost $12 million and the Royals need a top-of-the-rotation guy like my buddy Silva!”
Well, it may have gone like that. May not have.
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By the way, Guillen told me his injured knee is improving fast.
The lineups:
ROYALS (48-78)
LF David DeJesus
RF Mitch Maier
1B Billy Butler
DH Mike Jacobs
2B Alberto Callaspo
3B Mark Teahen
C Brayan Pena
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
CF Josh Anderson
RHP Kyle Davies
MARINERS (66-61)
CF Franklin Gutierrez
3B Jack Hannahan
2B Jose Lopez
DH Ken Griffey Jr.
RF Bill Hall
1B Russell Branyan
C Kenji Johjima
SS Jack Wilson
LF Michael Saunders
RHP Doug Fister



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