Mariners notebook: Let’s play 2 plus injury updates
PEORIA, Ariz. – The Mariners have day-night split squad games Friday, and with so many players still away for the World Baseball Classic that means a lot of minor leaguers get to sport the Mariners’ one-use-only St. Patrick’s Day caps. Double bonus for the kids.
Because there is so much going on due to the unconventional doubleheader-like split squad games, there was no morning meeting as a number of players from big league camp were not required to be at the Mariners’ complex until later in the day. With the night game, Saturday will most likely be a show-and-go with little to no work on the field before. And with a forecast of 95 degrees for Saturday afternoon, no extra work is probably not a bad idea. The temps and the absences make for a rather unusual week of spring training, and some interesting lineups.
Mariners at Diamondbacks, 1:05
Jarrod Dyson, CF
Ben Gamel, RF
Kyle Seager, 3B
Daniel Vogelbach, 1B
Mike Zunino, C
Taylor Motter, SS
Mike Freeman, 2B
Guillermo Heredia, LF
Tuffy Gosewisch, DH
Yovani Gallardo, RHP
Other pitchers scheduled: Andrew Moore, Evan Scribner and Dan Altavilla.
Mariners at Dodgers, 7:05 on 710 ESPN Seattle
Leonys Martin, CF
Mitch Haniger, RF
Danny Valencia, 1B
Tyler O’Neill, DH
Carlos Ruiz, C
Tyler Smith, 3B
Shawn O’Malley, SS
Joe DeCarlo, DH
Rayder Ascanio, 2B
Ariel Miranda, LHP
Other pitchers scheduled: Max Povse, Ryan Weber and Dean Kiekhefer.
• Mariners Hall of Famer Jamie Moyer arrived in camp Friday morning and got right to work helping out with bullpen sessions. He has had quite a few conversations with Andrew Moore, who follows Yovani Gallardo today in the game against the Diamondbacks.
• Pitcher Rob Whalen was on crutches this morning. Turns out he suffered a calf strain yesterday, though it is not serious.
• Tony Zych is scheduled to throw another live batting practice session this weekend. If all goes well he could get into a game next week.
• Steve Cishek continues to progress with his throwing program and could throw his first bullpen as soon as next Thursday.
• Drew Smyly is back from the WBC. His next start for the Mariners is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday either against the A’s or in a minor league game.