The Seattle Mariners have had pitchers and catchers working out for a week, which has translated to three bullpoens for each pitcher in camp – except George Sherrill – and hours of pitchers fielding practice.
Today, Mariners positions players join the fray and the full squad will work out together for the first time.
That’s 66 players taking ground balls, fly balls, running bases and taking batting practice, which means spring training will feel more like baseball.
A few quotes and notes:
- Kevin Millwood’s velocity last September was 92 mph. “If I can’t get hitters out with that, I’ll stay home,” he said.
- Lefty Georgre Sherrill still hasn’t thrown from a mound but did play catch the other day. The team will likely start allowing him bullpen sessions on Monday.
- The only good thing Franklin Gutierrez said came out of 2011 was a realization: “I realized how important it is to be healthy, not just for the job, just for your life in general and your family. It’s not easy to be sick and you are the only one who knows what you feel.”
- Mariners hitters will face coaches in batting pactice today, then move to facing live pitching tomorrow. They’ll know what pitches are coming, but on Day 2 will be up against pitchers who are at least a week ahead of them.