Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Quick Hits 

The Badass (El Cartelua), Felix Hernandez, gets the start today against the Royals at noon PST. I know I'll be listening. Felix is scheduled for two innings. I hope Grover puts out the "A" team on defense with him.

Jason at Mariner Minors pointed out a scary article highlighting past injuries to Mariner prospects and the future of King Felix. I think Felix shows he's ready this Spring, and comes up on June 1st, never to return to the minors.

Scary news from Peoria yesterday. First bad news is that Joel Pineiro is having some stiffness in his pitching shoulder and will be rested for a couple of days. Second is Bret Boone limping off the field and will be examined further today. Jose Lopez steps up to say he is ready for shortsop OR secondbase by hitting the game-winning triple. Will be interesting to see if Lopez gets the start at second if Boone can't go today.

Another trade market for Randy Winn may open soon. Our favorite trading partner, the Padres, who may have lost backup centerfielder Freddy Guzman for the year. And with Dave Roberts only another hamstring pull away from going down, the Padres may pick up the red phone to dial Bavasi direct.

Seven hours until Rice plays UT here at the Disch. Should be a great game in this growing college baseball rivalry. Go Owls!

If Aaron Sele doesn't make the Mariners, he won't be going to Tacoma. Hopefully that won't figure into anyone's math. For those watching the fifth starter battle, both Sele and Franklin were unexceptional yesterday. Sele gave up a two-run bomb to Prince Fielder, and Franklin gave up two unearned runs.

Rett Johnson was Rick Ankiel-esque to start his outing yesterday, putting pitches 10 feet from the plate and into the backstop as he walked the first three batters. I think I heard Olivo saying to the batter, "Don't dig in. I don't KNOW where the next ball is going! Johnson obviously settled down, as he got out of the bases loaded, no out jam without allowing a run. Rett's mother is a forum member over at Sportspot, and she says not to worry. That outing was only Rett's second in the big leagues, so he was just a little nervous. Don't count out Rett yet.

Scott Spiezio continues to get work in the outfield, and he may get work at second base, where he started his career. Why not?

Miguel Olivo is making a believer out of me and the Mariners coaching staff. He has got a gun back there, and nothing is getting by him this Spring.

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