Eric Wedge walked through the clubhouse doors at 7:15 a.m. and spring training for the Seattle Mariners officially began – althougth Wedge was the only Mariner here.
Pitchers and catchers report today, but for physicals, not a workout. And because the physicals are scheduled anywhere from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., it’s a slow-developing camp.
The coaching staff came in for a 9 a.m. meeting, Josh Lueke came in, dropped something off and left – his physical wasn’t until 2:30 p.m. Jack Wilson and Justin Smoak are in to take a little batting practice on their own against machines in the covered batting cages, and Wilson will begin workouts tomorrow because he ended the ’10 seaason on the disabled list.
Jack Zduriencik is here, and if he signs another non-roster player he may set a modern baseball record – the Mariners already have 23 invitees.
Players won’t actually put on uniforms and hit the fields of Peoria until tomorow morning.
Wedge, looking around an empty clubhouse filled with the names of Mariners as new to the team as he is, had to laugh.
“It won’t be boring,” he said.