How much can Ichiro actually play a week? How can the Mariners keep Vogelbach and Ryon Healy on the roster together and injuries, so many injuries, to discuss.
PEORIA, Ariz. — The Extra Innings podcast returns just as venerable Times columnist Larry Stone is preparing to leave spring training and return home to the Pacific Northwest. So before he departs, he sat down with beat writer Ryan Divish to discuss his nine days in Arizona and what he saw, specifically covering the Ichiro press conference and what role the very veteran outfielder will play on the team. Stone also discusses some of his takeaways from his time in Peoria, which included the hot-hitting of Daniel Vogelbach, who looks like a different player compared to last spring and the smooth transition to the outfield and a new clubhouse for Dee Gordon.
There is also discussion of how the 25-man roster would work with Vogelbach on the team along with Ryon Healy. And keeping their podcast streak alive, Divish and Stone discuss the Mariners starting rotation. The injuries to Felix Hernandez and Erasmo Ramirez are a looming problem and the odds of signing Alex Cobb are slim. Also the conversation digresses into Stone making a Gabby Harnett reference and talk of Evan White being the next Mark Grace leads to a discussion on players that still smoke. So a typical podcast in many ways.