Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 21
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 / 27 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 34 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)
(Mostly) Off Day
Quiet day on the blog front, as a quiet day at Spring Training unfolds. For most of the Major League team and staff, Tuesday is an off day, the first day off since the first week of February. The Mariners training staff was in at 7:00, and five players needing treatment arrived at about the same time. They plan to be done and out of here by 10:00 am. In addition Stefan Romero was in the weight room doing his daily work out this morning, and it wouldn’t surprise if other players come through and work out, as well.
Not Quite Off Today
Manager Eric Wedge and Pitching Coach Carl Willis were both in Wedge’s office early this morning. The two never get a true off day, but at least today will be shorter than usual. Carl and Eric were discussing the pitching staff, and mapping out pitching plans for the upcoming week. While we are off today, we play two games (split squad) on Thursday (at the Royals and at the A’s) so while some pitchers might be pushed back a day, no one is being skipped.
Totally On Today
Minor league pitchers and catchers hit the field today for their first day of workouts. Sixty-plus players are here today, getting a few days headstart before the balance of the position players report early next week.
One More Off Day Note
Probably seems like we’re fixated on the off-day, but off days are big deal down here. Usually you get just one off day a spring, but with the World Baseball Classic being played this year, camps opened several days earlier than usual. Bad news: Longer spring training. Good news: more off days. Seattle has three off days scheduled; today, March 11 and March 20, as well as a travel day March 29 before playing an exhibition game in Salt Lake to close out the spring.
70 degrees and clear this morning, on its way to a mid-80s day.
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The Mariners are hoping to pick up where the left off, as they will host the Milwaukee Brewers at 1:05 (MT) in Peoria. Seattle has won 10 straight Cactus League games. Right-hander Blake Beavan is scheduled to get the start for Seattle.