The Mariners have over a week’s worth of exhibition games under their belt, and now we’re going to start hearing about roster moves.
With minor league camp opening this weekend, we’ll start to hear some early “cuts” in which players who don’t have a chance of making the big league squad get reassigned to the minor leagues. The Mariners still have 60 players in major league camp.
Here are some Rainiers-related highlights from the last two days:
Thursday: Mariners 10, Cubs 8
Several likely Rainiers players had a nice day at the plate against the Cubs, who were playing many of their top players… infield candidate Luis Sardinas went 2-for-2 with a walk, scoring two runs… Boog Powell walked in his only plate appearance – he stole a base and scored a run… Stefen Romero went 2-for-3 with a double off Jon Lester, and he drove in three runs… Ed Lucas also doubled off Lester, going 1-for-3 in the game… on the pitching front, likely Rainiers reliever Mayckol Guaipe and Blake Parker each tossed a scoreless inning.
Wednesday: Mariners 7, Royals 5
Third baseman Ed Lucas went 2-for-2 with a double and drove in two runs… Stefen Romero doubled in his only at-bats… likely Rainiers starting pitcher Adrian Sampson tossed two innings, striking out four, and allowing one run.
- Game recaps: the Mariners rallied late to beat the Cubs on Thursday, and they beat the Royals on Wednesday, 7-5.
- Good, quick story on possible Rainiers third baseman Ed Lucas, who was ready to retire and take a front office internship four years ago.
- Larry Stone has some injury updates, including Danny Hultzen and Adam Lind. The latest Hultzen setback sounds concerning.
- The battle for the Mariners right-hand side of the first base platoon is down two players, Ryan Divish writes.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook from Thursday has more on defensive shifts.
- Felix Hernandez looked sharp in a simulated game on Wednesday.
Have a great weekend!