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Good morning from sunny Peoria!

No, I don’t have that first sentence automatically embedded into my “not-blog” posts. But I could. While I know the Puget Sound is getting hit with rain, it will be in the high 80s today and low 90s in the coming days. It’s ok to hate me.

A reminder that today’s game is NOT on TV. It will be broadcast on ESPN 710 and mariners.com. For a reference, here’s the broadcast schedule for Cactus League games.

Let’s get to the news of the day as confirmed by manager Lloyd McClendon in his morning media session.

*** Chris Taylor, who was struck on the right wrist by a pitch yesterday, will have another x-ray and MRI today as a precaution. The wrist is sore and swollen, which is expected to happen when it is struck by a hard-thrown baseball. Taylor will not play today. McClendon hopes to play him tomorrow, but wasn’t certain of that happening.

*** Rickie Weeks (hamstring tightness) is back in the lineup today at DH.

*** Franklin Gutierrez ran the bases yesterday after batting practice. He felt better but is still two or three days away from returning to game action.

*** Edgar Olmos will not be seeing a pitcher’s mound any time soon. The lefty relief pitcher is still two to three weeks away from throwing.

*** McClendon feels confident that he has a suitable candidate for the second lefty in the bullpen coming from the group of Tyler Olson, Lucas Luetge, David Rollins, Rafael Perez and Joe Saunders.  But admitted his thoughts could change.

“Ask me again in a week,” he said. ”

*** Veteran right-hander Kevin Correia, who signed a minor league deal last week, will pitch an inning of relief on Tuesday, March 17.

*** With starting pitchers pushing their innings count up to four and five innings in these games, the need for a slew of relievers in big league camp has dwindled. So expect some cuts from big league camp tomorrow so those pitchers can go get their normal work in on the minor league side. Minor league games  on March 21.

Let’s talk some starting pitching. Here’s the update Cactus League probables.

 

Why is the offday highlighted in blue? Because it’s very important to everyone.

After going sim game on Sunday, Felix Hernandez will start again in Cactus League play on Saturday vs. the Cubs. The Mariners will have to start lining up his outings and his rest to coincide with him starting on opening day. The same goes for the rest of the starting pitchers. Obviously you don’t see James Paxton or J.A. Happ listed in the probables. They are slated start simulate games in stead.

Paxton will throw a simulated game on Tuesday, March 17. The Mariners will be able to control the setting for Paxton while also keeping Iwakuma on his normal rest. Paxton is scheduled to throw three innings or 45 pitches.

Happ will throw a sim game on Wednesday, March 18 instead of facing the Oakland A’s.

Here’s the scheduled pitching for the next few days (subject to change).

Linkage

Here’s my story for today’s paper and the Mariners’ river of information and bliss. Robinson Cano talked about the loss of his grandfather and how much he meant to him.

AP story on the situation in Venezuela

Here’s a post for 1090 the Fan from Jason Churchill

Here’s the spring training update blog post from the Mariners baseball info staff

Yu Darvish will have Tommy John surgery 

Radio-a-rama

Here’s my radio hit with Jason Puckett on Sportsradio KJR

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Danny Hultzen AKA the nicest kid in the Mariners’ organization was on with Puckett as well.

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