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Cliff Lee shut down for the time being

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on March 26, 2010 at 9:30 am with 6 Comments »
March 26, 2010 9:35 am

Playing catch every other day gave the Seattle Mariners hope that Cliff Lee’s abdominal strain might be less a problem than they’d initially feared.

They weren’t that lucky.

Lee felt the strain while playing catch Thursday and now will not throw again until Wednesday at the earliest – another setback for the lefty Seattle had hoped would be their No. 2 starter come opening day.

“He’s had the injury two other times and it’s taken six weeks to come back,” manager Don Wakamatsu said. “We’re hoping with some new treatments we can get him back sooner.”

Felix Hernandez, meanwhile, will work a minor league game on March 31, his final start before opening day. Seattle will face division-rival Texas that day, and the Mariners see no need to let Rangers hitters see Felix one more time before the season begins.

In other news:

  • Catchers Guillermo Quiroz and Eliezer Alfonso have been sent to minor league camp, leaving only Rob Johnson, Adam Moore and Josh Bard still in campl.
  • Jack Hannahan will fly to Philadelphia on March 29 to have his strained groin looked at for a possible sports hernia.
  • Doug Fister, back from a bruised right forearm, will pitch on the 29th.
  • Wakamatsu confirmed what’s been written here for weeks – that Casey Kotchman is the team’s every day first baseman, not a platoon player.
Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. Homedinger says:

    Can’t wait until “Play Ball” is for real

  2. Baseball is almost here! :)

  3. footballscaa says:

    Better to shut him down now, than play with it and be gone months during the season. This gives a chance for Fister and Vargas, and a few others to start some games.

  4. bigmike04 says:

    The guys being reassign to the minors, do you have idea where the players going to end up?

  5. Larry Larue says:

    big – team hasn’t decided who goes where, but it doesn’t make much sense for first baseman Mike Carp, Ryan Garko, Tommy Everidge and Brad Nelson to all wind up in Tacoma.

  6. bigmike04 says:

    It doesnt make sense but it has been done before last season as Nelson can DH/OF, Tommy Everidge probably goes to double A, Thought with catching if moore stays up than Elizer and Quiz end up at Triple A? Thought Bard has opt out clause in his minor league contract so if he doesnt make it out spring training which he wont the guy going to be free agent right?

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