A few quick notes from Lloyd McClendon’s meeting.
He admitted that he has most of his roster decided in his mind, including his starting rotation. He’s obviously not telling us.
“I think it’s just a matter of logistics at this point,” he said. “We have a couple of things to get ironed out. For the most part, we are dwindling down. Guys have performed well this spring.”
The last two games of the week – Friday and – Saturday – don’t have starters listed. But he did say that Roneis Elias will likely make a start in one of those games. I’m guessing Friday. Read into that what you will. But it sure seems like the Mariners want to keep him on the 25-man roster.
As for the outfield, McClendon said “We are not a stamped line-up,” noting that you could see players start a game in right field one day and start a game in left field the next. That’s good news for Stefen Romero.
“I think we are pretty close to where we want to be as far as the outfield is concerned,” he said.
In terms of bullpen slotting purposes, McClendon said he wasn’t sure if he could carry three lefties. Obviously, Charlie Furbush has a spot.
“In a perfect world, you’d like to have three, but I’m not sure we are going to be able to do that given where we are,” he said. “It will become clear in the next day or two.”
So that leaves Lucas Luetge vs. Joe Beimel. With Luetge already on the 40-man roster, it seems like he will win that battle.
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