Happy President’s Day! I’m not going to lie, I didn’t know that it was President’s Day today. Then again, I woke up and thought today was Tuesday. Writers joke that spring training can be a bit like this feeling … but that hasn’t really set in quite yet.
The big news of the day is that Felix Hernandez, Taijuan Walker and Yoervis Medina will throw bullpen sessions. Obviously, two of those pitchers garner more interest than the third.
Mariners fans were put into a mild panic when manager Lloyd McClendon mentioned that Walker had shoulder soreness and was slightly behind everyone else. But obviously not too much since both he and Hernandez will be throwing their first bullpen sessions of the spring. McClendon has made it clear that he doesn’t really too excited over bullpen sessions.
“I know you guys like to ooh and ahh over it,” he said.
Well, it does give us something to write about.
When asked if Walker is a full go, McClendon said: “You’ll see for yourself today.”
McClendon has been impressed with how Walker, James Paxton and others have handled the first week.
“They’re going about their business and getting their work in,” McClendon said. “The energy level has been good. I’ve been pleased. I’m sure they are all anxious to get going and get started. They get a chance to show a new staff what they are all about. If I was a player, I’d be excited too.
Robinson Cano is in Peoria and will participate in Tuesday’s first full workout. He will meet with the media after the workout. While most position players take physicals on Monday, Cano is excused from it after taking a very extensive physical to sign his gargantuan contract in the offseason.
Reliever Ramon Ramirez is going to the consulate in the Dominican Republic today to find out what’s hindering his visa issues.
McClendon said he expects all the position players to report on time and be there for tomorrow’s first full team workout.
It was mentioned yesterday and I forgot to post it, but McClendon sees Logan Morrison playing more 1B/DH than Corey Hart. They will be careful with Hart’s knees during the spring.
Jesus Montero worked with Chris Woodward for about 45 minutes yesterday on footwork around first base.
Nick Franklin will come in to compete for the shortstop job as expected. “I think second base is taken,” McClendon said.
Here’s my story on Mike Zunino’s swing changes
Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long talked about Robinson Cano’s tendency to loaf to first base on ground balls and other things. It’s easy to make those comments now. The NY media beat up Cano a lot about this from “anonymous Yankee sources” the last few years. I think the Mariners will take him going 70 percent to first base on a ground ball to second if he puts up the numbers he put up in New York.
A fan is upset with Jesus Montero … and his letter is aired on our Take 2 blog.
I retweeted this out yesterday. But Kiley McDaniel has a list of his top Mariners prospects with some videos of them.