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February 24, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Cliff Lee to throw bullpen session this morning

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The Mariners have arrived for their morning stretch here in Peoria, as you can see in the photo above. Chone Figgins, Casey Kotchman and Canadian hockey expert Michael Saunders — all pumped up for tonight’s showdown with Russia — were among the first to arrive.
Mariners pitcher Shawn Kelley is already off to a good start, getting a minor cut on his face after being struck by something. Apparently, Mark Lowe’s shoe. Kelley had bent down to pick something up, Lowe did a flick of his leg and unintentionally clipped Kelley. There’s you go. You train and train to avoid injury, but sometimes, things just happen that you can’t avoid. Good thing this is minor. Kelley can tell everyone he cut himself shaving.
A big thing to follow this morning will be Cliff Lee throwing a bullpen session at about 10:36 a.m. Pacific time that’s expected to last up to 10 minutes. Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said Lee won’t be under any real restrictions in throwing.

The main thing will be to ensure Lee comes out of this morning’s session pain-free. Don’t forget, it’s been only 19 days since he underwent surgery to remove a bony mass from his push-off foot.


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Now, if Lee gets through today OK and it’s all systems go, what will the week or so he’s missed truly mean in the long-run. I asked that of Wakamatsu in part of this morning’s session.
“I think we just target Opening Day,” he said. “What number is that? Is it 28 innings pitched in spring training? Is it 15? Everybody’s different. It’s more about, probaby, a feeling too. That they’re ready. That their first start, we’re not looking at any limitations. We’re not looking at six innings, 90 pitches type of deal. That we have no limitations. That’s our goal, How we accomplish that has yet to be determined.”
Everybody got through yesterday’s 300-yard shuttle run in the required sub-minute time, except for Jose Lopez. Wakamatsu said Lopez, who is being worked out at third base, came away from yesterday’s workout with a stiff knee. The team held him out of the shuttle run, so he will complete it later.
Looks like Lopez isn’t having the easiest start to camp. I’m going to head out to the field now and see how he looks at his latest third base adventure, which is supposed to include more throwing today.

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