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Mon, 21 Feb 2011 22:00:50 +0000

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Mariners set roster at 25 for season’s start

Sat, 01 Apr 2006 14:49:00 +0000

The Mariners got down to the 25-player roster limit Saturday night with two non-roster players, first baseman Roberto Petagine and pitcher Jeff Harris making the squad.

Gonzalez’s departure clears up pitching logjam

Fri, 31 Mar 2006 13:21:00 +0000

Friday's decision to send lefty reliever Luis Gonzalez back to the Los Angeles Dodgers finalizes what most Mariner watchers have suspected, that Jeff Harris and Jake Woods will be the two pitchers named when the Mariners announce their final roster Saturday night.

Morse, Dobbs sent down; Petagine, Borchard make roster

Wed, 29 Mar 2006 05:02:00 +0000

The Mariners made 11 moves Wednesday in their spring training camp.

Reevaluation: Reed’s wrist not broken after all

Tue, 28 Mar 2006 06:06:00 +0000

An intensive series of tests performed on the broken right wrist of Mariners center fielder Jeremy Reed has found that the wrist is not broken.

Gonzalez may have inside track to bullpen spot

Tue, 28 Mar 2006 04:58:00 +0000

Rookie Luis Gonzalez, who is scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the Cubs, may have the inside track to one of the two open spots in the bullpen, club sources suggest. It's not as much about performance this spring as it is about potential, about the vagaries of roster manipulation and about the future. The left-hander is a Rule 5 pickup from the Dodgers (through a trade with the Rockies) and should the Mariners not hold onto him, they would lose him. Seattle would have to offer him back to the Dodgers, a team that would almost certainly take back someone who is just 23 and who can throw 93 mph. And while the Mariners would lose Gonzalez if he wasn't to make the team, they wouldn't lose any of the other candidates for the job. Emiliano Fruto, Clint Nageotte and Jake Woods are on the 40-man roster and have options left, meaning they can be sent to the minor leagues. Scott Atchison and Francisco Cruceta are non-roster pitchers, and are targeted for the minors. ''Gonzalez has a great arm

Mariners make slight lineup change for Tuesday

Tue, 28 Mar 2006 04:38:00 +0000

Seattle manager Mike Hargrove made a mild change Tuesday morning to the lineup he had been planning on using Tuesday afternoon. Ostensibly it was to be the unveiling of the Opening Day lineup, and it was to look like this: RF Ichiro Suzuki, SS Yuniesky Betancourt, LF Raul Ibanez, 1B Richie Sexson, 3B Adrian Beltre, DH Carl Everett, C Kenji Johjima, 2B Jose Lopez and CF Joe Borchard. But Hargrove decided to get backup catcher Rene Rivera into the Tuesday game, so the bottom third of the lineup had to be somewhat modified. The first six spots remain the same, but Lopez moves from eighth to seventh, Borchard moves from ninth to eighth and Rivera catches and bats ninth.

Opening Day lineup all but set

Mon, 27 Mar 2006 11:02:00 +0000

Mariners manager Mike Hargrove isn't ready to commit to a lineup for Opening Day. At least not to the media.

A little time off for Ichiro

Mon, 27 Mar 2006 10:54:00 +0000

Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki usually doesn't get back-to-back days off this late in the spring, but this is an unusual year.

X-ray shows no problem with Hernandez’s leg

Mon, 27 Mar 2006 10:50:00 +0000

The Mariners had a precautionary X-ray taken of starter Felix Hernandez's right leg, and the club said the results showed no problems.

Hernandez scratched from Wednesday start

Sun, 26 Mar 2006 05:07:00 +0000

Felix Hernandez, who has been experiencing some right leg pain, has been scratched from his Wednesday start. Hernandez has developed a mild case of shin splints, and the Mariners want to make sure their 19-year-old No. 5 starter doesn't get any worse. He's been scratched from all running exercises for the time being, although he can do regular arm and upper body work. The Mariners have discussed putting his leg in a boot, but as of Sunday morning, that hasn't been deemed necessary. The injury is not considered serious.

Mariners send Foppert back to minor leagues

Sun, 26 Mar 2006 04:50:00 +0000

Jesse Foppert, who seemed to have a decent shot at making the Seattle roster when he gave up just one run in his first three spring appearances, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma Sunday morning. The move came 24 hours after Foppert failed to get an out and allowed five earned runs in a start against Oakland. He allowed just one hit, but the hit was a grand slam after he'd issued three walks and hit a batter. And he came into that start already on shaky ground having allowed five runs in one inning last Sunday ''I can't say that it's unexpected,'' Foppert said as he packed up his gear and headed for the walk to the other side of the building that houses the Mariners and their minor league clubs in Peoria, Ariz. ''I know they want me to be a starter and their five starters are already set.'' Foppert, acquired in the Randy Winn trade with the Giants last July, had thrown seven innings in which only one run had scored before the March 19 game against the Colorado Rockies. But his last two g

Dobbs is back; Sherrill needs more time

Sun, 26 Mar 2006 04:34:00 +0000

Greg Dobbs was back on the field Sunday afternoon, but for George Sherrill, the wait to return to action continues. Dobbs, who took a bad-hop grounder off his left cheek Thursday, wanted to play on Saturday, but was blocked from doing so by the Seattle medical crew. The non-roster third baseman, who is on the cusp of making the team, was distraught at the missed playing time. But Dobbs, hitting .256 this spring, was in the lineup Sunday as the designated hitter. Sherrill hasn't had a great spring overall, giving up runs in all six of his appearances and owning a bloated 16.50 ERA. But things have taken a turn for the worse because he hasn't been able to pitch since last Monday because of stiffness in his left shoulder. He wasn't available Sunday, and the Mariners are expecting him to need at least a day or two more before he's ready to pitch.

Concussion pushes Dobbs to the sideline

Sat, 25 Mar 2006 06:23:00 +0000

At a time of the spring when he needs every at-bat to work his way onto the 25-man roster, Greg Dobbs is being forced to the sidelines. He took a bad-hop ground ball off the left side of his face Friday, and sat out. Then Saturday morning, he was feeling a little woozy while taking swings in the batting cage. He was diagnosed as having a mild concussion and was pulled from further drills for the day and ruled out of playing in Saturday's game against the A's. ''I need to play; this is an important time for me,'' Dobbs said. ''I want to be out there.'' The Mariners aren't going to take any chances with his health, but Dobbs is thinking about his future. He is a non-roster player, but he has a chance to make the Mariners as a backup. If he doesn't make the Mariners, he has a chance to catch the eye of another team -- but only if he plays. ''This isn't a time I can afford to sit out,'' Dobbs said.

Borchard gets first shot at center field job

Sat, 25 Mar 2006 06:15:00 +0000

Joe Borchard, picked up this week from the Chicago White Sox, will get the final week of spring training to show the Mariners he should be the starting center fielder. The Mariners are in the market for a center fielder with Jeremy Reed out 4-6 weeks or more with a broken right wrist. The final prognosis on Reed was hoped for by Saturday morning. But Dr. Carleton Keck, after an original exam Friday afternoon, wants to run more tests Monday morning, so a final diagnosis remains a couple of days away. In the meantime, manager Mike Hargrove said he would put Borchard, acquired Monday from the White Sox in exchange for Matt Thornton, in the lineup every day to get a measure of what Borchard can do. Hargrove said he wasn't inclined to have right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, who has considerable experience in Japan playing center, to move over. Willie Bloomquist has too much value as a utility player, so Borchard get the shot. ''We're going to look at Joe Borchard and see what we've got,'' Hargro