Good morning from Peoria. As expected, Kyle Seager is back in the line-up. He missed the last three games with a jammed right index finger. Also as expected, Robinson Cano, Corey Hart, Dustin Ackley and Abraham Almonte are out the line-up after playing the last few days. Felix Hernandez will be making his first start of this Cactus League season.
“Our guys have been going at it hard, a lot of guys have played two or three days in a row,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “We still got a long way to go. We have to be smart in how we do this and keep their legs fresh and building toward the season. I thought it was a good day to kind of refresh them a little bit.”
Ketel Marte gets the start at second base today. Marte was brought over minor league camp. Last season with Class A Clinton, he had a .304/.330/.370 slash line in 98 games with 15 doubles, five triples and 29 RBI. He also stole 16 bases. He also played in Class A High Desert for 19 games (.256/.289/.337).
“He’s a talented young man,” McClendon said. “I wouldn’t read too much into it. But I think it’s good for the organization as a whole when you can do that. Any time you can reward those kids with some big league play, it’s a good shot in the arm.”
And of course, if you look at the Dodgers’ line-up, you’ll see old friend Chone Figgins batting ninth for the Dodgers. If Felix is typical Felix, then he likely won’t face Figgins. The rest of the Dodgers’ line-up is relatively legitimate.
Also scheduled to pitch are Hector Noesi, Jimmy Gillheeney, Jonathan Arias, Stephen Kohlscheen and Dominic Leone.
Jabari Blash, who I last saw hit a homer in an intrasquad game that still hasn’t landed yet, is on the travel roster.
Also from our meeting with McClendon …
Taijuan Walker is progressing as expected and will play catch either Thursday or Friday.
Fernando Rodney will pitch in his first game either Wednesday or Thursday.
Both Randy Wolf and Scott Baker have felt good since making their starts and have done their usual throwing routine in the days after.
Here’s my story on Blake Beavan competing for the rotation. Obviously, Beavan isn’t a favorite for the spot. But he does provide organizational depth as well. It’s necessary to have.
The Mariners PR blog has a picture of the keys I lost.
Here’s the MLB.com story from the game over in Goodyear. McClendon said he talked with bench coach Trent Jewett about the game. Obviously, he wasn’t pleased with the team committing five errors.
On Buster Olney’s podcast, ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian discusses what Robinson Cano said about the Mariners’ line-up
Columnist Jerry Brewer is in Arizona and he went over and wrote about Russell Wilson’s appearance at Rangers camp.
When he was with the Rangers, Ian Kinsler wasn’t the most well-liked player around baseball or even on his own team. I’m guessing his comments about the Rangers going 0-162 and Jon Daniels being a sleeze won’t go over well.
Houston-based AP writer Kristie Rieken is in Kissimmee, Fla., covering the Astros and wrote this good story on Astros first base prospect Jon Singleton dealing with drug addicition.
Replay was used in a few spring training games yesterday, here’s how it worked out.
Dave Cameron wrote about the cost of a win in 2014 for Fangraphs
Jake Peavy explained how he cut his finger with a fishing knife.
Travis Snider is feeling better after having offseason surgery to remove bone spurs in his foot.