We’re about to start the eight-game homestand, and we have a little bit of news.
First of all, Cliff Lee arrived today and went through the pre-game routine with the club, including shagging fly balls during batting practice. I’m not sure if he is staying for the game – as a rehabbing major leaguer, he is allowed to go home if he wants. But, he didn’t even have to show up today, and he did. He’s pitching Sunday, the game is at 1:30, and there will be tickets available at the gate.
We had a transaction today, too. Infielder Ramon Vazquez joined the club today. The Mariners signed him to a minor league deal last week and he has been working out at extended spring training camp in Arizona. To make room for Vazquez, the Mariners released infielder Travis Denker. Denker wasn’t getting a chance to play much here, so hopefully he’ll get an opportunity with another team and this will work out for the best for him.
Gametime tonight is 7:00 on 850 AM and www.tacomarainiers.com. I have a good interview with Steven Shell for the pre-game so tune in early at 6:45 if you want to hear it. Greg Halman (strep throat) and Jack Hannahan (strained groin) are back in the lineup tonight.