UPDATE 10:28 a.m. — We have another line-up change. Jesus Montero will replace Corey Hart at DH. No word as to the reason why.
Update 10:01 a.m. — Manager Lloyd McClendon said that Taijuan Walker played light catch today, will throw a flat-ground session and then is scheduled for a bullpen session on Thursday. It seems a little more expedited that what pitching coach Rick Waits indicated yesterday. But it could be just a 20-25 pitch bullpen of all fastballs at a controlled effort. Either way, there is progress.
DJ Peterson spent the night in the hospital with his stomach issues following Saturday’s game. He’s doing better now. They thought it might have been a parasite.
The Mariners made 11 cuts this morning. They were:
LHP Bobby LaFromboise, RHP Logan Bawcom, C Jesus Sucre, 1B Ji-Man Choi, SS Carlos Triunfel optioned to Class AAA Tacoma.
RHP Logan Kensing, RHP Matt Palmer, LHP Nick Hill, C Mike Dowd, IF Ty Kelly, IF Nate Tenbrink re-assigned to minor league camp.
“They are all tough,” McClendon said. “You are telling a young man his dream isn’t going to come to fruition at this particular time. They all work hard. They give us everything they’ve got. I’m very pleased. Their performances will not be forgotten and at some point they will be back.”
McClendon wouldn’t bite on the possible rotation question. “We’re a little closer than yesterday.”
Today and tomorrow will be replay games for the Mariners. McClendon’s bench coach Trent Jewett will be in direct conversation with video coordinator Jimmy Hartley, who will be on-site monitoring the feed from major league baseball.
“It’s another tool that managers can be second guessed on,” McClendon joked.
McClendon has told Clifford not to be worried if they challenge a call and it is wrong.
“I tried to put Jimmy at much as easy I can,” McClendon said. “We saw a few plays that were reviewed and even after review I still thought the call was wrong. So I told him not to feel any pressure. If you are 100 percent committed to something, then tell me. Even if it is wrong, don’t think I’m going to come back and blame you. It’s the perfect example of it can look one way and they see something else.”
Update 9:34 a.m. — Chris Taylor has replaced Jack Reinheimer in the line-up.
Lloyd McClendon is meeting with Jack Zduriencik right now, so we are waiting. They are either talking about player cuts from camp or hiring a Triple A manager or both.
If you look at the pitching probables above you can probably can see the Mariners’ starting rotation. This is far from definite, but McClendon said yesterday that the basic idea of who would be in there would have to be figured out in the next week. Brandon Maurer and Blake Beavan will still continue to get stretched out as a starter in case of injuries or struggles. You can use B games or minor league games to get them their innings.
This isn’t a guarantee, particularly with Wolf and Baker’s injury history. But if this is the five, you can understand the Mariners’ thinking. Maurer is still a little behind and hasn’t shown the consistency that they are looking for quite yet. Beavan has been decent and looks much better than last year. But going with Wolf, who is a veteran and understands how to get outs at the big league level, isn’t a bad thing either. Realistically, Hisashi Iwakuma is likely to be back by the last week of April, so you are talking maybe three starts.
Pitching coach Rick Waits had this update on Taijuan Walker and when he might throw off a mound.
“He needs to get distance, maybe 180 to 200 feet or more and just fastballs,” Waits said. “I don’t want to say it’s going to take a long time, but I don’t think anyone should expect to think he’ll be pitching in a game in the next few weeks. Maybe toward the end of this month or early next month.”
I was a little motivated yesterday and wrote two stories for the paper. The first was on Robinson Cano hitting black beans with broomsticks to stay sharp while recovering from a root canal.
I also had this notebook leading with McClendon confirming Justin Smoak his starting first baseman.
The Dodgers could eat a lot of money if they trade Brandon League, but I think they can afford it.