After a long day both in the manager’s office and at ballparks from Peoria, Ariz., to Phoenix, the Seattle Mariners’ 25-man roster, their starting rotation and even bullpen took shape Wednesday.
Felix Hernandez will be the opening-day starter Monday in Minnesota and Erik Bedard will pitch the second game Tuesday. Carlos Silva, Jarrod Washburn and Ryan Rowland-Smith are in line to be the other three starters, although manager Don Wakamatsu said he didn’t want to make anything official until he spoke with one of the pitchers.
Both Hernandez and Bedard pitched Wednesday, and the assessment of their work was prettier than the numbers. Hernandez gave up nine hits and four earned runs in six innings of a 14-14 tie against the Indians in Peoria, while Bedard allowed 11 hits and nine earned runs in four innings of a minor league game against the Brewers in Phoenix.
“No excuses, but if you look at the spring numbers across the league, there are a lot of inflated stats,” Wakamatsu said. “Zach Grienke (of the Royals) is a good pitcher, but we hit him pretty good the last two times we faced him.”
Brandon Morrow’s problem Wednesday was his control, again, in the minor league game against the Brewers. He walked three and hit a batter in two-thirds of an inning.
Wakamatsu said Morrow will pitch again Friday or Saturday in Las Vegas and have every chance to win the closer role.
Wakamatsu said there won’t be a left-hander in the bullpen, although Tyler Johnson continues to throw well in his rehab from shoulder surgery.
Behind Morrow in a seven-man bullpen would be David Aardsma, Shawn Kelley, Mark Lowe, Chris Jakubauskas and Miguel Batista. Roy Corcoran’s status remains uncertain.
The Mariners also sent right-hander Randy Messenger and infielder Chris Shelton, who hit .460 in 25 spring games, to their minor league camp. Later in the day, the Mariners outrighted Mike Morse to Triple-A Tacoma and returned left-handed pitcher Jose Lugo to the Minnesota Twins after both cleared waivers.
Setback for Glaus
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Troy Glaus is expected to miss at least two months following a setback in his rehabilitation from arthroscopic shoulder surgery in January.
Glaus originally was expected to miss just a few weeks of the regular season.
Padres acquire pitcher
An offseason bullpen shuffle that began with Trevor Hoffman’s departure continued when the San Diego Padres acquired Edward Mujica from the Cleveland Indians.
The hard-throwing right-hander, who was out of options, was acquired for cash or a player to be named.
Gload sent to Marlins
Florida made two trades, acquiring first baseman Ross Gload and cash from Kansas City and pitcher Hayden Penn from the Baltimore Orioles. The Marlins gave up infielder Robert Andino in the Penn deal and will send a minor leaguer to the Royals.
Chamberlain pleads guilty
New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain pleaded guilty to a charge of drunken driving in Lincoln, Neb. He was given probation and fined.
Rangers will keep Jones
The Texas Rangers have cleared the way for Andruw Jones to make their roster by releasing Frank Catalanotto.
Jones, who won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves as Atlanta’s center fielder, recovered from a slow spring and is batting .293 with three home runs and six RBIs in 58 at-bats this spring.
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