Manager Lloyd McClendon made his first round of cuts from big league camp this morning.
Optioned to Class AAA Tacoma — Danny Hultzen
Optioned to Class AA Jackson — Anthony Fernandez, Julio Morban
Re-Assigned to minor league camp — RHPs: Jonathan Arias, Andrew Carraway, Stephen Kohlscheen, Mark Rogers, Chance Ruffin. LHP Jimmy Gillheeney, Catchers: John Hicks, Manny Pina. Infielder: Gabriel Noriega. Outfielder: Burt Reynolds.
Some asked on the twittah, but if you are on the 40-man, you are optioned to a specified team. If you are not on the 40-man, you are reassigned to minor league camp.
Judging by my stellar math (the Mariners told me) there are 55 players remaining in big league camp.
Other notes ….
Brandon Maurer will throw two innings today after James Paxton throws three innings.
Stephen Pryor threw a bullpen session yesterday. It was his fourth bullpen of the spring and he threw 35 pitches .
“Every bullpen I’m trying do a little more effort level-wise,” he said. “I’m just trying to build back up to where I was.”
Pryor was throwing at about 85 percent and even threw eight breaking balls.
“I threw a couple good ones, and a few bad ones,” he said.
He’s feeling no soreness after the bullpen session and even threw his last five pitches of his bullpen at 95 percent. It’s hard for him not to want to push it more.
“Keep the shock collar on me and keep me from doing too much,” he said. “I’m feeling good. And I’m not getting sore and I want to go. But it’s smart not to rush. It’s a long season and I want to feel good till the end.”
But there are no expectations of him being ready by the start of season.
The timetable back will be “very slow and very deliberate” according to McClendon.
“That’s on purpose,” he said. “We’re not going to rush this young man. He’s throwing well. He feels good. But we need to get that velocity up where it needs to be for him to be the dominant guy he needs to be. You just can’t rush the process.”
Pryor’s injury and surgery is unique. Red Sox starter Jake Peavy is one of the few pitchers in baseball to have the surgery and come back successful. Pryor had Peavy’s same surgeon.
McClendon continues to be impressed with James Jones and what he brings to the field.
“He’s a very talented young man,” McClendon said. “I told somebody the other day, ‘I don’t think he’s just going to knock on the door, he’s going to knock the door down when he’s ready to get there. He’s a pretty interesting young man. I’ve liked what I’ve seen.”
- Here’s my notebook from yesterday, leading with Felix Hernandez being unhappy with his two innings pitched.
- My buddy Jerry Brewer is here and he filed this column on Robinson Cano’s comments on adding more and trying to find the right plan to do so.
- Pitching coach Rick Waits was on 1090 the fan and talked about the starting rotation, particularly Erasmo Ramirez.
- Seth Kolloen has this column on Lloyd McClendon for Seattle Weekly, saying it’s ok if he doesn’t know how to use a computer.
- Lookout Landing writes about the line-up protection myth.
- Sort of Safec0 Joe Saunders signed with the Rangers on a one-year deal. This can only end badly.
- Brian Wilson apparently threw a knuckleball to Brad Miller in yesterday’s game.
Radio linkage …
- McClendon, Charlie Furbush, Mike Zunino, James Jones and Blake Beavan were on the Cactus League report last night. Hitting coach Howard Johnson was on the show on Monday.
- Esteemed Times columnist Larry Stone says the Mariners should sign Morales.
- James Paxton was on Mitch in the Morning on Tuesday.
- First base coach Andy Van Slyke was on with Brock Huard and Danny O’Neil