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April 17, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Thursday’s pregame notes and line-ups vs. the Rangers

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Update 11:08 Jerry Jones time:

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As Lloyd McClendon explains in the video above, Corey Hart came to him and told him his knees were healthy enough to start playing in the outfield. And McClendon listened to Hart.

Hart’s logic was simple.

“I’d rather play in the field than not play in the field,” he said.

And he’d rather play in the field then not play at all.

With McClendon wanting to get Cano a “rest” at DH, Hart pushed to play in the outfield.

“My arm obviously has some issues still,” he said of the forearm tightness. “But you have to start somewhere. So I’ll go out there and see what happens. It gives Robbie a break. Hopefully, I go out there and there’s no issues.”

Hart has never been known as a great defensive outfielder. And he isn’t expecting to look pretty in the outfield. He just hopes to be effective.

“I don’t think he’s expecting me to win any awards out there,” Hart said. “He’s just expecting me to catch it when it’s in my direction.”

***  James Jones was stunned when Rainiers manager Roy Howell called him and told he’d been called up to the big leagues.

“I don’t remember half of the things he said to me,” Jones said.

Jones immediately called his up mom in New York.

“She was excited, but she really didn’t understand what it meant to be called up,” Jones said. “I had to explain it to her.”

Jones also got a call from Mariners director of amateur scouting Tom McNamara, a fellow native of Brooklyn. Jones, who played collegiately at Long Island University, has always been one of McNamara’s favorites.

“He was really excited,” Jones said.

*** McClendon said he’ll announce Sunday’s starter on Friday in Miami. It’s likely going to be Brandon Maurer since Anthony Fernandez threw five innings last night for the Rainiers. I’d guess that James Jones will  be optioned back to Tacoma to make room on the 25-man roster before Sunday’s game.

*** With no DH this weekend, McClendon said it’s a possibility he’d start Hart a game at first base for Justin Smoak.

*** McClendon said he didn’t want to walk Martin last night to load the bases. He liked the match-up with Rodney. He was also wary of loading the bases since Rodney’s command wasn’t so great and a wild pitch/passed ball.

*** I tweeted this out yesterday … but Jeff Sullivan had this post about line-ups and sitting players and the overall impact. The numbers are interesting. Kind of cool to ponder or debate over a frosty adult beverage.

From earlier 

Little surprising to see Corey Hart in right field. Manager Lloyd McClendon had made it sound like Hart wouldn’t play in the outfield for a while. That’s changed. It’s the first time he’s started a game in the outfield since July 21, 2012

This will be  Cano’s 29th start at DH.



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