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Mariners camp, Day 3 news and notes

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Feb. 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm with 5 Comments »
February 14, 2012 2:51 pm

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.
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  1. footballscaa says:

    So this year the Von has been dropped from Tray’s name?

  2. Darrin Beene says:

    Teammates call him that, but he’s still Trayvon. We’ve changed it.

  3. Glad Gimenez landed somewhere. That leaves four catchers fighting for spots with the big club. Moore is the odd man out, I guess. And, except for DH, they’re all purely catchers at this point. Clogs up the 25-man roster.

    And Kyle Seager is working out around first base, where Smoak and Carp have spots. I guess they’re grooming Seager to be this year’s Adam Kennedy. Wish he could have had more time in the minors last year.

    I wouldn’t want to have to come up with a final roster and put money on it, especially where outfielders and relievers are concerned. Very interesting.

    If Zduriencik could only pull off a half-way decent trade for Figgens… Don’t see it happening, but I’ll continue to dream.

  4. Re Liddi: The last thing we need is another 1b. We do need a 3b, however.

  5. wabubba67 says:

    Liddi is at least two years away. Poor, but improving defense…bats for a low average with WAY too many strikeouts. Let’s hope for a decent showing at AAA so Z can toss him in as part of a trade.

    I’m looking for Peguero to surprise a little bit though. I saw him in the outfield late in the year at AAA and his routes to the ball were much better and the kid has a cannon. That, coupled with reports of his improvement at the plate this winter in Venezuela, give me hope. There is just too much life in that bat to give up. He hit four of the hardest balls I have ever seen in Tucson last season (2 HRs, a double, and a lineout). The double hit about two-thirds up the wall to dead center (the wall in Tucson is similar to Tacoma, only deeper and taller) and still appeared to be rising slightly upon impact.

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