Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 1

Mariners Spring Training Update

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 / 47 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angeles) / 55 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Setting the Scene:
We wanted to get a jump-start on the spring blog updates, well, because we are down here and anxious to get the season started. Pitchers and Catchers reported to camp for physicals today, and the first day on the field will be bright and early tomorrow morning. The exams began at 10:00 am and are scheduled to wrap up well after 6 pm. There were still a lot of players milling around the clubhouse getting workouts in and setting up their lockers. Logan Morrison, Corey Hart, Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager were among the position players getting in some extra swings in the cages. Position players are scheduled to officially report for physicals Feb. 17 and the first full-squad workout will be held Feb. 18.

Physicals

Mariners pitchers and catchers going through each stage of the physical.

Getting settled into the new digs:

After a year of renovating by the City of Peoria, the Mariners have officially moved into the expanded facilities at the Peoria Sports Complex. The new facility is state-of-the-art and expanded from 37,000 sq. ft. to 56,368 sq. ft., an increase of 58%. The biggest problem is just figuring out how to get from here to there.

Peoria Sports Complex

Entrance to the Mariners Administrative offices at the Peoria Sports Complex.

 

Weather:
A beautiful day in Peoria with hardly a cloud in the sky and temperatures in the low-to-mid 80’s. More sunshine and baseball in the forecast for the next few days.

Iwakuma injury update:
RHP Hisashi Iwakuma will not be able to throw for the next four to six weeks after injuring his middle finger on his right (throwing) hand. He was working out in Southern California in preparation for spring training and got his finger stuck in protective netting while playing catch. Iwakuma was examined by hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan in Arizona and diagnosed with strained tendon in his middle finger. He currently has his finger in a splint, and will be re-examined after three weeks. At this time, it is not expected that the finger will require surgery to repair.

Iwakuma with Japanese Media

Iwakuma explaining how he injured his finger to the media.

Welcome aboard Valle:

The Mariners announced their full season minor league coaching staff last month, but officially announced the staffs for the organizations five short-season affiliates today. Former Mariners catcher Dave Valle will begin his managerial career at the helm of the Everett AquaSox in the Northwest League. He spent nine seasons behind the plate for the Mariners and 21 seasons in professional baseball after originally selected by Seattle in the second round of the 1978 MLB Draft. Valle played for four teams in his 13-year Major League career, including the Mariners (1984-93), Boston (1994), Milwaukee (1994) and Texas (1995-06). He finished with a .237 lifetime batting average, 77 home runs and 350 RBI. Prior to beginning his coaching career, Valle spent the last 16 seasons as part of the Mariners broadcast team. He also was one of the analysts on the MLB Network’s MLB Tonight show since 2009. Rob Mummau (Rookie Pulaski), Darrin Garner (Rookie AZL Mariners), Claudio Almonte (Dominican Republic) and Russell Vasquez (Venezuela) round out the managers for the Mariners short-season affiliates.

Valle

Dave Valle

Mariners open state-of-the-art facility in Dominican Republic:

The Mariners will open their new baseball academy in Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic Thursday morning. Mariners President & Chief Operating Officer Kevin Mather, Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik, Player Development Director Chris Gwynn and other staff left Peoria, Arizona early this morning to participate in tomorrow’s grand opening. The academy is located on 24 acres and will be a residential facility where prospects will live, work out, attend school and develop their baseball skills as they prepare athletically and culturally for baseball careers in the United States. The facility will also include three full-sized fields and one practice field, agility field, covered batting cages, bullpens with six pitchers mounds, dormitory space for up to 80 top prospects, a dining hall, classrooms for English language and Spanish literacy instruction and a computer lab.

DR Academy

Mariners Dominican Republic Academy.

Tweet of the Day:

On Tap Tomorrow (Feb. 13):
Pitchers and catchers will officially hit the field at 9:30 am (Arizona time) on Thursday morning.

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