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March 6, 2014 at 7:43 AM

Thursday morning links, notes and line-ups: Taijuan Walker to play catch today

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The biggest news of the day is that Taijuan Walker will get to pick up a baseball for the first time in seven days. According to pitching coach Rick Waits, Walker will play “very light catch.”

Manager Lloyd McClendon said he’s “anxious” to see how Walker looks and feels. I will try to get some video of it.

Fernando Rodney will make his Mariners debut today. If it seems like he’s being brought along slowly, it isn’t because of injury but because of position.

“That’s how all closers are,” McClendon said. “They don’t need many innings to get ready and I don’t think they want many innings.”

Here’s the latest pitching probables .

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Don’t be surprised if last year’s top pick DJ Peterson  is in the starting line-up for one of Saturday’s split squad games against either the Dodgers or Giants.

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Here’s my notebook leading with Abraham Almonte getting a long look in the outfield. If the season started tomorrow, I think Michael Saunders is still the starting center fielder. Despite his speed and strong arm, Almonte is not a polished outfielder. It’s something that was noticeable in Triple A last season and his 25 games in the big leagues.

Jerry Brewer wrote about James Paxton and if he’s ready for the starting rotation.

McClendon was  a little non-commital when asked if there was a scenario where Paxton wouldn’t make the rotation, saying he’s only pitched five innings this spring. That’s fair. But barring injury or an Ankiel meltdown, I can’t think of any way Paxton isn’t in the rotation.

Lookout Landing has the game recap from yesterday.

Jim Caple is back from doing the Olympics and is writing baseball. Here’s his off-base column. 

 Buster Olney leads off his blog today with the  Ken Griffey Jr. interview with Linda Cohn of ESPN.  It appears Griffey apologized to Cohn on the phone. He also apologized on his instagram account. 

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