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April 5, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Saturday’s pregame notes and line-ups



That hand writing belongs to bench coach Trent Jewett ….

Mariners official game notes: 04.05.14 Game Notes

A’s official game notes4-5-2014 — A’s game notes

The field is set up for onfield batting practice which is a good sign that everything is on schedule. No word on the rotation. But it appears Erasmo will start tomorrow and Paxton will go on Tuesday.

probables 4-5

This rotation is correct according to manager Lloyd McClendon. Right-hander Chris Young will pitch in the bullpen as a long reliever for the time being. With the off days next week and a off day on April 24, the Mariners won’t have to get back on a five-man rotation right away.

Why do this?

“I think anytime to keep your No. 1 (Felix Hernandez) on schedule, you keep  him on schedule,” McClendon said. “To me that makes more sense, he’s your No. 1 for a reason.”

As for Young, McClendon said they’ll try to keep him sharp and go from there.

“We’ll re-evaluate in a few days,” McClendon said.

Could there be a chance that Young never makes a start for the Mariners? Well, it’s possible. Taijuan Walker threw 72 pitches with Class A High Desert last night. McClendon said Walker’s next start – wherever it may be – will be at 85-90 pitches. So he could be ready in a few weeks. The Mariners haven’t said if they want to move Walker up to a higher level to get him ready for the big leagues. They really haven’t said  if he will immediately join  the rotation once he’s ready.

“He’ll continue to move forward,” McClendon said. “We’ll see.”

McClendon did say that by the time Hisashi Iwakuma is ready to pitch in games the weather should be warm enough in the Northwest that he’ll stay with Class AAA Tacoma.

As for the make-up game with the A’s, Mariners reliever and player rep Charlie Furbush said it’s “to be determined.”

“Right now, it’s either in May or September,” Furbush said. “Most likely it would be the first day (of a series). I don’t know how it works. I think it’s up to the A’s when they decide.”

Furbush, who was voted in as the player rep in 2012, had never dealt with a situation like that before.

“It was interesting talking with everyone and trying to figure out what the best game plan was,” he said. “I was just trying to represent everyone as best I could. And I think once we realized that given the playing conditions, playing one today was going to be better for us. And wait till we came back to play two. That was the general consensus and we told the A’s. They originally wanted to play two, but once we didn’t agree with that, they came back and agreed that one was better for them too, given the fact they just played a split doubleheader. That would have been two in four days. It would have been a lot of work. I think it’s good for both sides.”



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