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March 14, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Friday notes: Hart back in lineup, Iwakuma could get splint off Monday

The health news continues to get a little better for the Mariners.

Manager Lloyd McClendon said in his pre-game meeting with the media today that Corey Hart will be back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Rockies after dealing with a back issue the last week.

“It seems to be cleared up,” McClendon said of Hart, who had missed the last four days.

McClendon also had good news about pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker.

McClendon said Iwakuma, who has been sidelined with a finger tendon injury, will see a doctor on Monday and could have a splint taken off then and begin throwing soon after.

“Hopefully we’ll have good news,” McClendon said.

Walker, meanwhile, recovered just fine from his 25-pitch throwing session on Thursday and is scheduled for a 40-pitch bullpen session on Sunday.

“Everything went great,” McClendon said.

Also continuing on the road to recovery is reliever Stephen Pryor, scheduled to throw a live batting practice session today as he works his way back from a lat injury. McClendon said Pryor threw a simulated game last week that went well, and if today’s throwing also goes well, Pryor could see game action soon.

While Hart is back in the lineup today, Robinson Cano will get the day off after having played in the last four games.

Tonight’s game continues what has been a little bit of a disjointed week for the Mariners, who so far have played only seven of their 18 games in Peoria.

McClendon said the traveling has made it hard to get as much work as some of the “little things,” such as outfield defense, as they might have liked, and he’s hoping the Mariners will be able to catch up with that the rest of the way. After tonight, five of the next nine games are in Peoria.

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