About half of the 35 pitchers in camp with the Seattle Mariners threw in the bullpen for the second time today – the other half will do so tomorrow – and pitching coach Carl Willis said no one had come up stiff or sore.
That included veteran lefty George Sherrill, who hasn’t thrown a pitch yet.
“I pitched in 51 games last season and probably warmed up in 150,” he said. “At my age, all those games and innings, you develop stuff.
“Bone spurs and floating bodies. I saw an X-ray of my elbow one time and it looked like someone had used meat tenderizer in there,” Sherrill said with a laugh. “There’s nothing wrong that would prevent me from pitching.
“I threw last week, Wednesday and Friday, and when I talked to Eric Wedge and Carl Willis, we decided just to take an extra two or three days before I start it up.”
And now, a few camp notes:
- Three outfielders – Michael Saunders, Trayvon Robinson and Carlos Peguero – joined position players already in camp and took batting practice Tuesday.
- The Mariners have decided that infielder Alex Liddi, the pride of Italy, will split time between first and third base this spring and, probably, once his season begins in Class AAA Tacoma.
- When the Mariners signed veteran relievers Hong-Chi Kuo and Shawn Camp, they released Chris Gimenez. Gimenez, who elected to become a free agent, signed with Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
- Trying to find innings for all that pitching, the team added a split-squad Cactus League game on March 16. That day, they’ll play Milwaukee in Tucson, then Oakland in Phoenix that evening.