Trainer’s roomMariners: RHP Tom Wilhelmson (hyper extended right elbow), who was placed on the DL last Saturday (retroactive to April 11) has spent the week resting his arm. He’s expected to begin throwing again this weekend. Rangers: 1B Mitch Moreland was a late scratch because of a sore left elbow. Rosales started at first. … RHP Tanner Scheppers (right ankle sprain) was activated from the DL before the game.
Closing the doorFeliz has thrown 27 scoreless innings in 22 appearances against the Mariners. Seattle batters have hit just .080 against him (7 of 87) overall and .031 (1 of 32) at Safeco Field.
Close by his sideMariners manager Lloyd McClendon is not concerned over the uneven performances of closer Fernando Rodney against the L.A. Dodgers this week. He blew one save and gave up four runs in the ninth in another. “It’s not the first time he’s struggled and it won’t be the last time he struggles. …Trust me, closers don’t grow on trees. I have full confidence that he’ll bounce back and get it done.”
Up nextMariners: There was some uncertainty whether RHP Felix Hernandez (1-0, 3.00) would make his scheduled start Saturday because of a tweaked ankle and tender quadriceps. But he downplayed the injuries and manager Lloyd McClendon said he will be ready. The Mariners have not had a win from a starter since Hernandez’s Opening Day victory. Rangers: RHP Colby Lewis (1-0, 3.38) has had six-days rest since his last start Sunday against Houston, a 6-4 loss. He has a career 3.91 ERA against Seattle and has thrown two complete games in Safeco Field.
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