We’re down to the last ten days or so of spring training, and the Mariners opening day roster is starting to take form.
With the end of the World Baseball Classic yesterday (wooooo USA!), teams will have all of their player back in camp and the final steps will be taken to pare down big league rosters.
Seattle had an unexpected development this week, with utility infielder Shawn O’Malley suddenly needing an appendectomy. He’s OK, but it is unknown how quickly he’ll return to peak performance.
This may clear the path for Tyler Motter to be the utility man to open the season, with the Mariners then carrying an eight-man bullpen. More on this in the links below.
Meanwhile the Rainiers roster will take shape.
I’ll be in Peoria watching Rainiers spring training early next week, and activity on this blog is going to pick up. You can expect daily posts on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in the late afternoon after I get back from watching the Triple-A exhibition games.
Then we’ll be just days away from the start of the Mariners season, and a week out from the Rainiers.
So, lots coming up – including the free Rainiers Pre-Season Party this Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 at Cheney Stadium. Don’t miss it.
- Potential Rainiers opening day starter Cody Martin is having a great spring (well, he was before yesterday), and Bob Dutton caught up with him.
- Shawn O’Malley had an appendectomy and is out for a while. Here’s hoping for a quick return.
- Ryan Divish has an update on O’Malley and three more injured Mariners.
- It’s looking increasingly likely that the Mariners will open the season with an eight-man bullpen. That means the Rainiers would start the year with an extra position player we weren’t expecting to get, such as O’Malley or Guillermo Heredia.
- Monday was a Mariners off day, so Seattle Times beat writer Ryan Divish shared his thoughts on spring training camp.
- Baseball America’s minor league transactions confirm that the M’s have signed former Oregon State Beavers infielder Joey Wong. He played for Albuquerque the last two years as a utility infielder.
- Cactus League game reports: yesterday the M’s suffered a 9-8 defeat to the Angels … and after an off day on Monday, the M’s dropped an 8-5 decision to the A’s on Tuesday.
- The math guys at 538.com project the Houston Astros to win the AL West. However, you may be aware that 538.com’s recent track record on predictions hasn’t been very good.
- USA! USA! USA! The USA won the World Baseball Classic for the first time!
- In the PCL, the Mets cut five players who are likely to play for Las Vegas.
- The Des Moines Register has nine reasons to root for the Iowa Cubs. You should not take their advice. Stick with the Rainiers, OK?