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March 19, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Wednesday morning lineup and notes: Cano is back, hitting third

The Mariners are prepping to take on the Brewers at 1 p.m. today here at Peoria.

And the lineup includes the return of the player that all eyes will be on all season — second baseman Robinson Cano.

Cano has missed the last five days after returning to his native Dominican Republic to take care of some personal business.

But manager Lloyd McClendon said this morning that Cano is ready to get right back at it, noting he missed some time earlier after having wisdom teeth pulled and had three hits in his first game back. He also said Cano had regular workouts while gone.

“He’s proven he can come back,” McClendon said.

Today’s lineup also features shortstop Brad Miller hitting second. McClendon said he’s just “trying to figure out what will be the best lineup for us moving forward.” He said Nick Franklin could hit leadoff soon as they continue to tinker with things.

He also noted that it’s sort of a misnomer that teams have to settle on a set lineup at any time during camp, noting that the lineup will inevitably change regularly during the season for various personnel issues. But he wants to get a look at different guys in different slots to see how it unfolds. Miller had a home run and scored twice last night against the Padres.

McClendon painted a similar picture of uncertainty about the starting rotation and bullpen, saying each remains unsettled so far. With the bullpen, that’s good news since it mostly means that most guys have pitched well. “A little better than I thought they would,” McClendon said.

Among the positives in the bullpen is the continuing progress of Stephen Pryor, who hit 89-92 during a live batting practice session Tuesday and reported “no complications. He felt great,” McClendon said. McClendon, though, said he would like to get things a little more settled in the bullpen by early next week.

The rotation, meanwhile, remains a jumble largely due to the injuries to Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker, that have each unlikely to be ready for the first few weeks of the regular season — Walker, though, is scheduled for another bullpen today that could bring a little more clarity to when he’ll be ready.

McClendon also talked a bit about Corey Hart, who is 4-31 this spring. He said Hart has had some better swings of late and is “real close to being where we want to be.” But he said that while the goal remains for Hart to play 145 games this season, they may not all happen in right field, as he had indicated was the goal earlier. He said those games could be spread out among DH, first, and the outfield.

Here are the lineups for today:

Seattle Mariners vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 – Peoria Stadium (1:05 pm)

Seattle Mariners (14-5-3)

 

Milwaukee Brewers (9-12)

No.

Player Pos.  

No.

Player Pos.

36

Abraham Almonte (S) CF

2

Scooter Gennett (L) 2B

5

Brad Miller (L) SS

1

Logan Schafer (L) CF

22

Robinson Cano (L) 2B

18

Khris Davis LF

17

Justin Smoak (S) 1B

24

Lyle Overbay (L) 1B

15

Kyle Seager (L) 3B

7

Mark Reynolds RF

20

Logan Morrison (L) DH

21

Juan Francisco (L) 3B

55

Michael Saunders (L) RF

12

Martin Maldonado C

13

Dustin Ackley (L) LF

14

Jeff Bianchi SS

3

Mike Zunino C

38

Wily Peralta P

Starting Pitcher

Starting Pitcher

49

Blake Beavan RHP

38

Wily Peralta RHP
DATE TIME OPP MARINERS OPPONENT
Wed, 3/19 1:05 pm MIL Blake Beavan (RHP) Wily Peralta (RHP)
Thur, 3/20 1:05 pm @CHI Erasmo Ramirez (RHP) Jeff Samardzija (RHP)
Fri, 3/21 7:05 pm SD James Paxton (LHP) Ian Kennedy (RHP)
Sat, 3/22 1:05 pm @OAK Scott Baker (RHP) Scott Kazmir (LHP)
Sat, 3/22 1:10 pm @COL (ss) Roenis Elias (LHP) TBA

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