Thursday, June 02, 2005

Bucky Timetable 

According to the Seattle Times, Bucky Jacobsen made an appearance in the Mariners clubhouse yesterday, and gave us a long-awaited update on his status.

He says he sees and feels improvement in his surgically repaired knee every day. Next week, he'll be heading to Arizona to being running and doing work in the field. He hopes to be in rehab games by the end of the month.

That would have him returning to the Mariner lineup as a much-needed lefty-mashing DH at the All-Star Break.

I can't wait!

Other injured Mariners have been sighted recently as well. Mike Hargrove hopes to have Pokey Reese back for the team's next road trip, that begins June 7th. Michael Morse's time to impress the team may be limited.

Wiki Gonzalez will also make the team's next road trip, though whether he will be ready to be activated remains in question. His return would free Rene Rivera to work on his game every day in the minors.

Scott Spiezio is likely to go on an injury rehab assignment in the near future. You can read into this that the M's don't feel any particular need to rush Spiezio back, as he does not fill a vital role with the 2005 M's. We can hope that he would at least provide a solid bat off the bench.

Rafael Soriano has also completed a rehab assignement, and will begin pitching at Class A Inland Empire soon. Don't be looking for him to return to the Mariners anytime soon, though. Reports have him low on velocity and movement, and the M's don't want to do anything to rush his rehab. He'll build up arm strength with 1 and 2 inning outings.

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