SHANNON DRAYER

Mariners notebook: Big day for King Felix, Robinson Cano in winter ball

Dec 22, 2016, 12:09 PM | Updated: 12:45 pm

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez left, is greeted by Seattle Mariners second basem...

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez left, is greeted by Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, right, at the end of the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Féliz día de Félix.

Word came via this Tweet that Mariners ace Felix Hernandez would be making his winter ball debut on Thursday.

This will mark the first time Felix has played in winter ball since he was just 17. The Mariners are allowing him to get a tuneup in Venezuela to get ready for the World Baseball Classic in the spring. The hope is that the extra work and different focus will help get him back on track following two down years.

Servais shares plans for 2017, memorable moments of first year with M’s

According to reports, he is scheduled to throw two innings or 30 pitches Thursday, and then three innings or 45 pitches in his next outing.

Felix is not the only Mariners star who will be playing Thursday. In the Dominican Republic, Robinson Cano will take the field. He is also getting ready for the WBC.

Cano’s game is scheduled for 3 p.m. Pacific and Felix is at 3:30. MLB.com should have Gameday feeds on their Winter League scoreboards.

Notes

• Hisashi Iwakuma in the news. Nori Aoki is currently the only MLB player on Japan’s WBC roster, but the hope according to this Japan Times article is that Kuma, who played a huge role in Japan winning the 2009 WBC, will sign on along with the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka. At the end of the season, Kuma did not indicate one way or the other if he would play in the WBC, but I would be very surprised if he did.

• If you missed it, David Rollins has landed in Texas, again. The Rangers have claimed him off waivers for the second time this offseason. For those keeping track at home, Rollins (on paper at least) has gone from the Mariners to the Cubs to the Rangers to the Phillies and now back to the Rangers since the end of the 2016 season.

• Richie Shaffer, who the Mariners acquired from the Rays earlier this offseason but lost to Philadelphia on a waiver claim, has been DFA’d by the Phillies and is available again. The Mariners do have an open spot on their 40-man roster if interested.

• Edgar Martinez continues to make tremendous progress in the current Hall of Fame voting. With 20 percent of the ballots counted, his name is on 67 percent. You can keep track of the votes on Ryan Thibodaux’s ballot tracker found here.

Mariners Roof Report

Brought to you by
Sunny
High 74° | Low 54°
No game today.

Shannon Drayer

Seattle Mariners France Ty Jorge Polanco...

Brent Stecker

What’s next for Mariners after surprising Ty France news?

Mariners insider Shannon Drayer of Seattle Sports talked about the team's decision to place first baseman Ty France on waivers Monday with Brock and Salk.

12 hours ago

Cleveland Guardians Travis Bazzana MLB Draft 2024...

Shannon Drayer

How Ryan Rowland-Smith helped first Aussie picked No. 1 in MLB Draft

Oregon State 2B Travis Bazzana became the first Australian picked No. 1 in the MLB Draft on Sunday. Ryan Rowland-Smith has helped him since he was 12.

8 days ago

Seattle Mariners George Kirby...

Shannon Drayer

Mariners Insider: How George Kirby is mixing pitches differently now

George being George? This time, it's Seattle Mariners pitcher George Kirby actually taking a step forward from an elite starting point.

11 days ago

Seattle Mariners Austin Voth...

Shannon Drayer

M’s Clubhouse Insider: Local product Voth’s bullpen breakout

How has Austin Voth, a Kentwood High and UW Huskies product, turned into one of the Seattle Mariners' more reliable bullpen arms? He talked to Shannon Drayer.

13 days ago

Seattle Mariners Luke Raley...

Shannon Drayer

Mariners Quick Hits: What’s controllable for offense; Raley’s bunt ability

Mariners insider Shannon Drayer of Seattle Sports shares insight from recent radio pregame shows, including Scott Servais on the offense and a fun conversation with Luke Raley.

14 days ago

Seattle Mariners CF Julio Rodriguez...

Shannon Drayer

Mariners’ Julio Rodríguez putting in extra work to solve struggles

Seattle Mariners CF Julio Rodriguez showed up on the off day Thursday to put in extra work and attempt to solve his struggles at the plate.

24 days ago

Mariners notebook: Big day for King Felix, Robinson Cano in winter ball