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March 23, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Sunday morning notes, links and line-ups — Corey Hart out for third straight day with forearm tightness

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Corey Hart is out of the line-up for the third straight day.  Lloyd McClendon said that Hart has been bothered by forearm tightness and a sore bicep. It’s a common ailment during spring from excessive throwing. Hart has dealt with it off and on this spring.

“It’s nothing serious,” the Mariners manager said.

McClendon said that after these few days off, Hart will likely be back in games on Tuesday. He will get 30 at-bats in minor league games next week to try and get him ready for the season.

Hart has played in just 12 Cactus League games and is hitting .143 with (5-for-35) with one extra base hit.

“His at-bats are fine,” McClendon said.

While McClendon isn’t worried about Hart at the plate, there is a concern about Hart playing the field and trying to remain healthy.

“I’m not so sure how much right field he is going to play starting off, we’ll see,” McClendon said. “The goal is to keep him physically sound. And if DHing him is the better option, that’s probably what we’ll lean toward.”

That little nugget of information certainly leads to the idea of outfielder Stefen Romero making this team. Romero would be the only right-handed hitting outfield option for the Mariners.

The opening day starting outfield against the Angels and right-hander Jered Weaver would have almost have to be Dustin Ackley in left field, Abraham Almonte in center field and Michael Saunders in right field.

McClendon has Logan Morrison in right field today. But I’m not sure it’s a realistic option during the regular season, and certainly not on every day basis.

With Hart limited to DH, it puts Morrison, who should also DH, in an awkward position. He’s not a true outfielder. Smoak is a better defensive first baseman and is arguably a better overall hitter. I don’t know that it will happen, but Morrison does have Triple A options remaining.

Lloyd McClendon wasn’t at Scott Baker’s game in Phoenix against the A’s. He saw the reports, talked with coaches that were there, and wasn’t pleased.

“It wasn’t a good outing,” he said. “The line score will tell you that – six walks, seven hits, six runs – that’s not a very a good outing. His command was not where he wanted it to be.

With Baker fighting for a rotation spot, the timing of yesterday’s outing wasn’t ideal.

“It’s never good to have that kind of outing at any time,” McClendon said. “His stuff was there. He just didn’t have the command.”

McClendon is still planning on giving Roenis Elias one more start this spring. But doesn’t have him slotted for a specific day yet.

McClendon was also asked about Erasmo Ramirez and how he’s pitching this spring.

“He’s throwing the ball good,” he said. “He’s a strike thrower. He probably throws too many strikes. I’m not really too impressed with his 0-2 pitches. I told him that and he’s got to get better at that.”

What exactly didn’t he like about the 0-2 pitches?

“Well, hanging sliders in the strike zone on 0-2 isn’t good,” McClendon said. “You don’t get those back. You’ve got to execute better. I can talk till I’m blue in the face. But the fact is, you gotta execute the pitch. If you can’t execute the pitch, then we have to find someone that can. Once that light goes on, you don’t get those pitches back. Miguel Cabrera is not going to miss that pitch. Prince Fielder isn’t going to miss that pitch. You have to make that pitch.”

There is a term for that – “Noesi-ing.”

“They’re horse*&% pitches,” McClendon said. “Everybody was all excited about his last start, ‘oh he did such a great job.’ But he made a lot of horse&*^% pitches on 0-2.”

Ramirez understands the issue. He’s been told. Catchers are trying to get him to throw in that spot.

“It’s never the pitch, it’s the location,” McClendon said. “People get caught up saying, ‘well, he should have thrown a curveball,’ but it wasn’t the fastball, it was the location of the fastball. The catchers are giving him all the right signals. They are set up in the right place. I can talk till I’m blue in the face and catcher can lay on the ground till he falls asleep. But unless you throw it there, it’s not going to work. You have to execute better.”

Health updates …

Hisashi Iwakuma has had not setbacks in his tennis ball throwing sessions against the wall. His backhand is also coming along nicely.

Stephen Pryor and Taijuan Walker felt fine after their one inning of work on Saturday. “I feel really good,” Pryor said.

Brandon Maurer (neck, back) will throw a bullpen session today.

Linkage … 

Here’s the story on Walker and Pryor’s outing.

Jason Churchill says Elias should make the roster

Jeff Sullivan writes about bad nicknames for Brad Miller. 

Hey A-Rod! Pay your damn bills

The Dodgers hung on for a 7-5 win and won both games in Sydney. The Dodgers were booed there. Both teams head home today. Enjoy the jet lag



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