Thursday, February 13, 2014
Mariners already having worst spring ever
By David Schoenfield
It's not even March yet! The Mariners' first official workout was today! And yet ... and yet ...
- Hisashi Iwakuma, third in last year's American League Cy Young voting, will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a strained tendon in his finger, meaning he likely won't be ready for Opening Day. Is this a bad time to mention that Iwakuma has never had back-to-back healthy seasons in his career?
- Top prospect Taijuan Walker, expected to be in the rotation, has a sore shoulder. He said it's no big deal. Manager Lloyd McCLendon said it's no big deal. Why do I fear it's a big deal?
- Franklin Gutierrez alerted the team that he's going to sit out the entire season due to a return of the gastrointestinal issues that have plagued him in the past. Luckily the Mariners have other good defensive outfielders like Corey Hart and Logan Morrison on the team.
- Jesus Montero reported to camp. He apologized to the team for his PED suspension last season. At least Montero had a productive offseason, right? Umm ... "I gained a lot of weight in my country," he said. "So, now, I'm on a program to lose weight. I'm working really hard to get my weight back. I wasn't doing nothing (after finishing winter ball), just eating."
Your 2014 Mariners, everyone! Time to turn on that Super Bowl recording.