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June 4, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Kyle Seager’s little brother, Corey, gets taken 18th overall by Dodgers

You can see Mariners infielder Kyle Seager taking a break from team stretching on the field about an hour ago to watch an iPad feed of the annual baseball draft. He wanted to monitor the progess of his younger brother, Corey, a high school shortstop in North Carloina.
Well, the younger Seager just got taken 18th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers. So, congrats to the Seager family once again.
On to the Mariners family, Felix Hernandez is playing catch as we speak and the team is going to decide afterwards whether he’s good-to-go for his start against the Angels on Wednesday night.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge faced several questions about Hernandez and his health today.

Wedge said Hernandez won’t have to throw a bullpen session prior to his start if the call is made to pitch him Wednesday. Wedge said Hernandez was feeling a bit better today.
“If he plays catch today and feels good we’ll work it from there, but that (a bullpen session) us not necessary,” Wedge said. “These guys are pretty good with flat ground work and doing things that are secondary to bullpens when we need to.”
Wedge said he wont totally rely on Hernandez’s say-so about his health. He’ll also rely on trainer Rick Griffin and pitching coach Carl Willis.
“I’ve got a lot of trust in those guys and what they’re seeing, what they’re hearing,” Wedge said. “We’re pretty good at reading between the lines.”
Wedge also said he didn’t think Hernandez necessarily needed a few extra days to work through possible mechanical issues related to his vaishing two-seam fastball.
I asked Wedge about the drop in velocity on Hernandez’s four-seam fastball and whether he feels that’s common for a pitcher his age.
“I don’t worry about that,” Wedge said. “I think he’s more of a pitcher now than he’s ever been. I mean, this is a guy who can throw any pitch at any time. He still runs it up to 93, 94 mph when he wants to. He can still reach back when he needs to. This is a guy, he’s still at such a young age with a lot of experience behind him, I think he’s going to continue to evolve.
“If you look at the way he pitches and the stuff that he has, tha’s more important than wanything,” he added. “The ast thing you want to see a young pitcher do is to overthrow because that’s when you put yourself in harm’s way.”
The lineups:
RF Ichiro
2B Dustin Ackley
3B Kyle Seager
1B Justin Smoak
DH John Jaso
LF Mike Carp
C Miguel Olivo
CF Michael Saunders
SS Munenori Kawasaki
LHP Jason Vargas
CF Mike Trout
3B Maicer Izturis
1B Albert Pujols
LF Mark Trumbo
DH Kendrys Morales
RF Torii Hunter
2B Howie Kendrick
SS Erick Aybar
C Bobby Wilson
RHP Ervin Santana



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