MIAMI — It’s different this time, Brandon Maurer said, as he prepares for his season debut Sunday as the Mariners’ starting pitcher in the series finale against the Marlins.
A year ago, he was the young phenom who broke camp with the big-league club by making the jump from Double-A Jackson after an electric spring. He recalls the experience as “stressful.”
Maurer’s return, in contrast, is almost under the radar following four outings at Triple-A Tacoma after a spring interrupted by recurrent stiffness in his lower back.
“I’m more comfortable this time,” he said. “And after starting this year in …