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February 27, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Decision on Jose Lopez experiment not needed until halfway through Cactus League games

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The Mariners did do some actual working out during that FanFest demonstration they put on today. You can see Ken Griffey Jr. taking a break to show off a vintage era baseball card to some folks.
Jose Lopez was again working out at third base today and manager Don Wakamatsu said that experiment could continue to go through roughly half the Cactus League schedule before any “drop dead” date on a decision is needed. Don’t forget, Lopez and Chone Figgins would need some time to go back to their old positions and prepare for the season if the experiment is abandoned.
“You’re looking at, probably, the middle of the games,” Wakamatsu said. “I don’t have an exact date, but you want to be able to see him a little bit. But you’ve got to look at the back end of that, obviously, if we had to go the other way.”


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Wakamatsu said it’s obvious Lopez has some deficiencies. But he added that Lopez is also showing some improvement after working with infield coach Mike Brumley. And he can already see some positives in having Lopez at third instead of Figgins.
“We talked about the arm, but it plays at third base,” he said. “On that slow roller, he’s got enough arm strength to do that.”
The Mariners plan to start their 8 1/2-inning intrasquad game a little earlier that previously announced, now setting it for 9:30 a.m Pacific time on Monday.
Afer that, a five-inning intrasquad game on Tuesday is to start at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time.
If you missed Geoff Baker Live! last night, here’s the replay. The next live show will be Monday night at 6 p.m. Pacific time.

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