Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Soriano at the All-Star Break? 

How's this for some good news. The Times is reporting that Rafael Soriano believes he'll be able to return to the Mariners for the second half of the season.

He has joined the Mariners after pitching 12 innings in extended Spring Training, where he reportedly was throwing fastballs 90 to 94 MPH. He had his first bullpen session yesterday, and is expected to have two more on the current road trip.

In a bullpen where Putz has imploded and Jeff Nelson is looked to as the right-handed setup man, the addition of a healthy Soriano would be a welcome sight indeed.

And then we could start all the fun Soriano "rotation vs bullpen" arguments all over again. Sigh... I miss those.

Get well soon, Rafael!

The news is not as good for infielder Pokey Reese, who is also traveling with the team, but is at least 6-8 weeks away from returning, putting his timetable at August at the earliest.

Finally, let me just say that I have no baseball draft expert, so I won't pretend to be. May I refer you to good stuff on our new draft picks over at the Sportspot forums.

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