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Archives: Feb. 2014

Feb.
28th

Mariners’ rotation miseries: Walker and Iwakuma on sideline

PEORIA, Ariz. — It turns out that right-hander Taijuan Walker, the Mariners’ prize pitching prospect, isn’t OK after all. And that wasn’t the only bad news Friday concerning the club’s rotation.

But let’s start there: Walker was shut down from all throwing activity for one week after a second medical opinion confirmed inflammation in the bursa sac of his throwing shoulder.

And, yes…

“It definitely sucks,” Walker admitted, “but I feel good about the (overall) situation. I’m not going to push or try to fight through something to make it worse. I’m just going to take the time off, get healthy

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Feb.
28th

Game capsule: Mariners 12, Padres 1

MARINERS 12, PADRES 1 (AT PEORIA STADIUM)

The facts: Outfielder James Jones, who spent most of last season at Class AA Jackson, fueled a late-inning runaway by hitting a three-run homer in the eighth before adding an RBI single in the ninth. Nick Franklin and Nate Tenbrink also hit homers in an 18-hit attack as the Mariners romped to a second straight victory over the Padres.

Play of the game: Franklin opened the scoring with a no-doubt homer to right with two outs in the third inning. He also had a single in three at-bats. Not a bad way to

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Feb.
28th

Shoulder inflammation sidelines Walker for one week

PEORIA, Ariz. — So it turns out right-hander Taijuan Walker, the Mariners’ prize pitching prospect, isn’t OK after all.

Manager Lloyd McClendon revealed Friday that Walker will be shut down from all throwing activities for one week after a specialist in Los Angeles confirmed the presence of shoulder inflammation.

“He has some inflammation in the bursa,” McClendon said. “They’ll put him on anti-inflammatories. The plan is to not have him throw for seven days, and then get him back out on the mound.

“It’s a little bit of a setback. It is what it is, and we’ve just got to continue

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Feb.
28th

Mariners Q&A: You asked, we answered (or tried to)

PEORIA, Ariz. — A call went out Thursday on twitter for questions on the Mariners and, boy, you responded. What follows is a selection of those questions. Followed by responses.

Not all questions were answered, primarily for two reasons.

Some topics drew similar questions from multiple readers. Generally, just one example was used. Some readers also submitted several queries. A one-per-reader limit is an effort to be more inclusive.

The intention here was to provide an outlet to respond to questions that require longer answers than twitter affords. Thanks to your response, we’ll try it again next week. If interest warrants,

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Feb.
27th

Game capsule: Mariners 7, Padres 1

MARINERS 7, PADRES 1 (AT PEORIA STADIUM)

The facts: Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, seeking to hold a job in the rotation, pitched two scoreless innings and combined with six relievers on a five-hitter. Ramirez got five outs on grounders and had one strikeout.

Play of the game: Justin Smoak’s two-out RBI double to right center, from the right side, highlighted a two-run first inning against Padres starter Eric Stults. That set the tone.

Plus: Robinson Cano contributed a first-pitch single to that two-run first and drew a four-pitch walk in the third inning before exiting for pinch-runner Carlos Triunfel.

Minus: Not

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Feb.
26th

Mariners’ CEO issues statement opposing Arizona’s anti-gay bill just prior to veto

The Mariners voiced opposition Wednesday afternoon to Arizona’s anti-gay bill through a statement by chief executive officer Howard Lincoln just prior to the decision by governor Jan Brewer to veto the legislation.

The bill that would have allowed business owners to deny service to gays and lesbians on the basis of strongly held religious beliefs.

Lincoln’s statement:

“The Seattle Mariners have enjoyed 37 years of spring training in Arizona.  Our fans flock to Peoria for baseball in March, and have always been made to feel welcome by the businesses and good people of Arizona.  This should apply to all of our

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Feb.
26th

Russell Wilson to suit up Monday in Rangers’ camp

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, it seems, isn’t just going to stroll around in street clothes Monday when he visits the Texas Rangers’ camp in Surprise, Ariz.

The Rangers put out a news release Wednesday afternoon that said:

“Wilson is expected to participate in the Rangers major-league team work out on Monday morning and be in uniform for the team’s game with Cleveland at 1:05 p.m. MT that day at Surprise Stadium.”

The Rangers acquired Wilson in December from the Colorado Rockies in the Class AAA phase of Rule 5 draft at the Winter Meetings.

At the time, Rangers officials said

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Feb.
26th

Mariners notebook: Will Walker be ready when season starts?

PEORIA, Ariz. — Will prize pitching prospect Taijuan Walker be ready when the regular season starts? Manager Lloyd McClendon remains hopeful, but there now seems to be some doubt.

“I’m not that concerned as we speak,” McClendon said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next week, but we’ll see. I think it’s just a matter of building him (in his endurance) from the shoulder (soreness).”

Walker threw long toss for a second straight day in his ongoing effort to build strength in his once-sore shoulder. He hasn’t thrown from a mound since Feb. 20 but continues to insists

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