This looks pretty close to an opening day line-up with the exception of Corey Hart not being in there. Hart has been bothered by a sore right forearm and a stiff lower back.
“I didn’t want to risk it,” McClendon said. “We talked about it earlier in the spring, we have got to be careful with his progress and that’s why I want to take it slow with. He’s been off for over a year. These things are to be expected. I had a little bit of experience last year in Detroit with Victor Martinez, so I know what he’s going through and I know the frustrations he’s going through. I’m going to to do my best to guide him through it and make it as smooth of transition as I possibly can leading into the soon.”
Hart wants to fight his way through and get back to playing on a normal rhythm.
“I’m sure he’s probably pissed at me for slowing him down,” McClendon said. “He wants it to be there and it will be there. But it’s going to take a little time. You can’t force the process.”
Charlie Furbush is scheduled to pitch tonight. He hasn’t pitched in a game since March 3. He’s been bothered by some biceps tenderness, which was quick to point out is typical during the spring.
“I’m good to go,” he said.
The pitching probables have changed. Haven’t had a chance to ask McClendon why. Erasmo Ramirez was originally supposed to start tomorrow against the Diamondbacks in Peoria. But the Mariners are now have Blake Beavan starting instead. Ramirez will piggy back off of Felix Hernandez’s start on Friday in Scottsdale.
Lloyd McClendon was in a good mood pregame, joking that it only took one take to deliver his line in the Robinson Cano commercial.
“I’m proud of the way my guys have gone through this stretch,” he said. “This has been a tough stretch for us – six games in three days. It’s really tough. The guys never complained. They went about their business and understood and I’m really appreciative of that.”