Slow morning with a late-arriving clubhouse because of the night game.
Corey Hart will play in a minor league game today at 11 a.m. He will get plenty of at-bats. The plan is for him to do that as well on Thursday. We might not see him in a major league spring training game because if the Mariners do have to start him on the DL to start the season, they can retroactive it to March 25.
Humberto Quintero was in the clubhouse this morning and is on the travel roster for the game. He signed a minor league deal to remain with the Mariners. He’ll be headed to Class AAA Tacoma when the season begins.
We asked Lloyd McClendon about naming the starting rotation or the starting shortstop or any of the roster.
He would not do so.
But he did say that he hopes to have some “clarity” on those situations by the end of the day. Not sure what clarity means.
Don’t be surprised if the Mariners add a pitcher today from the remains of the free agent market or from the waiver wire. They simply can’t trust Blake Beavan or Hector Noesi to man this stretch until Taijuan Walker and Hisashi Iwakuma are ready. And the risk of an injury making things worse is very real.
Sports Illustrated did multiple covers for their baseball preview. Here’s Robinson Cano on the front of one them.
Here’s my story on the situation from Randy Wolf. Talking with a few baseball sources, they said that nine out of 10 times a player will sign the 45-day clause. Wolf was the exception.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today has this story on Lloyd McClendon.
Here’s the Mariners preview from the Hardball Talk
Here’s a story on Scott Steinmann returning to manage the Clinton LumberKings.
Michael Pineda won the No. 5 spot in the rotation. Nice kid, good to see him back pitching again.
MLB Baseball is looking for a new drug rule this year.
Aaron Harang will start the home opener for the Braves