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March 22, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Mariners set 30-man roster for Japan trip

The Mariners will depart from Peoria, Ariz., to the airport at noon for their much-anticipated trip to Japan. They had to cut their roster down to 30 players for the trip.
The 30-man roster breaks down like this:
Pitchers (14): Blake Beavan, Steve Delabar, Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Shawn Kelley, Brandon League, Hector Noesi, Erasmo Ramirez, Chance Ruffin, Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge, George Sherrill, Jason Vargas.
Catchers (four): Miguel Olivo, Jesus Montero, John Jaso, Guillermo Quiroz.
Infielders (seven): Dustin Ackley, Chone Figgins, Munenori Kawasaki, Alex Liddi, Brendan Ryan, Kyle Seager, Justin Smoak.
Outfielders (five): Mike Carp, Carlos Peguero, Michael Saunders, Ichiro Suzuki, Casper Wells.
A few quick things:

  • Kevin Millwood, who will be in the Mariners’ starting rotation, isn’t making the trip. He is staying in Arizona to continue his training.
  • All players on this 30-man roster are eligible to play in the two exhibition games, but the Mariners will need to trim to 28 eligible players for their two-game series against Oakland. Only 25 of those 28 players will be eligible to play in those games, though. All of those 28 players must be on the 40-man roster.
  • The Mariners have outrighted left-handed pitcher Cesar Jimenez to Class AAA Tacoma. The Mariners’ 40-man roster now stands at 37.
  • Three non-roster invitees are making the trip: Ramirez, Kawasaki and Quiroz.

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