Two line-ups, no Kyle Seager. The Mariners starting third baseman won’t play for the third straight game because of a jammed index finger on his throwing hand.
Does he want to play? Yes.
“He’s shared those thoughts with me on several different occasions,” manager Lloyd McClendon said.
Could he play if this were the regular season?
“It’s nothing major,” he said. “If this was the regular season, it wouldn’t even be an issue.”
But manager Lloyd McClendon is making him wait for one more day and then start him tomorrow in Glendale against the Dodgers.
“He’s probably pissed off at me today because he’s not playing,” McClendon said.
Seager injured the finger sliding head first into third base while going first to third on Robinson Cano’s single in the first inning of the first Cactus League.
“Did you see the slide?” Seager said. “It wasn’t exactly a textbook slide.”
Seager’s right palm hit the base hard and the forces of his body weight rolled up to the fingers and jamming them.
“They didn’t even make a throw, which makes it worse,” he said.
Seager said he would make a better head first slide next time. McClendon isn’t a fan of the slides, but knows it’s hard to change something that some players have done for their whole career.
“I don’t really like them, but some guys are comfortable with it,” McClendon said. “Your hands become vulnerable.”
Michael Saunders has yet to start a game in center field. But McClendon said that was just a coincidence. He said Saunders will get time in center field this spring. It’s likely that McClendon wants to see how Abraham Almonte looks in center field.
Brandon Maurer will make his first Cactus League appearance this spring on Saturday. He’ll “piggy-back” off of James Paxton’s start against the Indians. Maurer will throw two innings.
For starter candidates like Paxton, Blake Beavan and Erasmo Ramirez, who will be making their second start, they will have a 45 pitch limit.
Corey Hart is inching closer to get out in the outfield. This will be his third straight game at designated hitter. He’ll have tomorrow off.
Matt Palmer has been limited with a sore calf.
Scheduled to pitch after Beavan … Anthony Fernandez, Ramon Ramirez, Mark Rogers, Zach Miner, Bobby LaFromboise.
Scheduled to pitch after Ramirez … Chance Ruffin, Charlie Furbush, Logan Kensin, Nick Hill, Yoervis Medina, Jimmy Gillheeney and Steven Kohlscheen.
DJ Peterson will be in uniform for the game in Peoria. He may even see a few innings of playing time.
Here’s my story on Randy Wolf and his first time back on the mound since Sept. 22, 2012. He’s worked hard to come back, getting a trainer and adjusting his diet after a second Tommy John surgery. Perhaps my favorite comment from Wolf out of a bunch of good ones, when he talked about changing his mindset now that he’s getting older.
“Sometimes age is somewhat of a choice, you can’t cheat it, but you have to do more in certain ways and less in certain ways,” he said. “You can’t go and eat Taco Bell all the time and expect your metabolism is going to burn it off. More than any time in my life, I’ve really watched what I eat.”
For the record, I am almost exactly one year older than Randy Wolf. Can someone buy me a cheesy gordita crunch?
Marc W. of USS Mariner has some interesting stuff and analysis on spring so far.
Lookout Landing has the game recap
Art Thiel writes about Robinson Cano saying the team needs to add another bat.
Russell Wilson is at Rangers camp this morning. Supposedly, he got there early.
Cleveland closer John Axford went 18-for-18 in his Oscar picks. Save opportunities might not be so high.