Mariners manager Scott Servais has all of his regulars in the lineup today, but in a little bit different order than we have seen for the majority of spring training.
Mariners left-hander Drew Smyly has been scratched from his Friday outing, concerning news with just five days to go before the season opener.
“I feel like the pitches are there,” Felix Hernandez said after striking out four over two innings in his final outing before taking the mound for the Mariners on opening day Monday.
There was chatter, banter, smiles and energy as the Mariners filed by the media and into the clubhouse after their first hitters’ meeting of the season. “Guys are excited,” Scott Servais said. “They are ready to go.”
Mariners right-hander Shae Simmons, who seemed destined for a significant role in the bullpen before feeling forearm soreness March 11, has suffered a setback in his recovery.
Mariners outfielder Jarrod Dyson is still a couple of days from returning to Cactus League play after being sidelined for the better part of a week with what has been called leg soreness, fatigue and a number of other things.
The Mariners are facing a little adversity in the final week of spring training with several players dealing with illnesses.
Unlike previous Mariners managers who mapped out and constantly monitored relievers’ innings throughout the season, Scott Servais operates differently.
The Mariners made four roster moves Sunday, leaving the team with 19 pitchers remaining in camp.
James Paxton is one of the many Mariners dealing with a head cold, but he was able to pitch in six separate innings Saturday in a minor league game.