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M's NOTES: Mariners prevail with unusual lineup

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Kirby Arnold
Herald writer
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Pass the ice pack
After manager Don Wakamatsu took inventory of who couldn't play Sunday because of the aches, pains and other challenges that have swept the Mariners, he had just enough to field a team.
Third baseman Adrian Beltre had a sore left shoulder, first baseman Russell Branyan a tender right forearm and DH Ken Griffey Jr. a sore left knee. Second baseman Jose Lopez remained away from the team to be with his seriously ill sister in Venezuela, and left fielder Endy Chavez is out for the season with a knee injury.
Also, closer David Aardsma wasn't available because he'd pitched four of the previous five games.
What's a manager to do?
After joking that bullpen catcher Jason Phillips might need to come out of retirement, Wakamatsu put together a lineup that may never be seen again.
Chris Woodward started at third, Mike Carp at first, Mike Sweeney at DH and Ronny Cedeno at second. The available bench players were newly acquired infielder Josh Wilson, catcher Rob Johnson and Griffey, only for pinch-hitting duty.
"It's something that we just have to get through right now, and the guys filling in need to keep playing hard, get the job done and we'll be OK," Wakamatsu said.
He hopes that keeping them out of the lineup Sunday, combined with the team's day off today, will allow most of his regulars to get back Tuesday when the Mariners begin a three-game series against the Padres.
Beltre tweaked his shoulder while diving into second base Friday night, Branyan was hit by a pitch Saturday night and Griffey's knee has been sore since playing five games in the field on the last road trip.
Woodward went the distance Sunday but suffered a groin injury. The Mariners won't know until today how serious the injury is.

Johjima progressing
Catcher Kenji Johjima went 1-for-4 Sunday as the Class AAA Tacoma Rainiers' DH, one day after he caught four innings and went 1-for-2 in his first minor league rehab game.
Johjima has been on the disabled list since May 26 because of a broken big toe on his left foot. Wakamatsu said Johjima could be activated during the Mariners' next road trip, although nothing is certain.
"I would still like to see him catch a full nine or close to that," Wakamatsu said. "We'll try to give him some good work on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday."
More time with the Rainiers also is a possibility.

None-of-a-kind bobblehead
Roy Corcoran isn't quite up to Brandon Morrow's level in the bobblehead doll market. The first 25,000 at Friday night's game got a Morrow bobblehead; in Corcoran's Class A days, there was a Corcoran bobblehead -- only one.
It was auctioned away and Corcoran never saw it, and he doubts it's still around.
"Some kid probably put an M-80 in it and blew it to pieces," Corcoran said.

Of note
Relief pitcher Shawn Kelley (strained oblique) will throw a simulated game Tuesday and may begin a minor league rehab stint Thursday. Wakamatsu said Kelley could be activated during the Texas series just before the All-Star break in July. ... Erik Bedard probably will return to the rotation next week against the Yankees after undergoing an MRI last week on his shoulder. The MRI showed no damage. ...; Wakamatsu said Griffey probably would play in the outfield when the Mariners play road interleague games against the Dodgers beginning Friday. ...; Outfielder James McOwen went 2-for-4 Sunday and extended his hitting streak to 32 games with the Mariners' Class A High Desert team. It's the longest streak in the minor leagues this year.

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Opponent: San Diego Padres

When: 7:10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 1:40 p.m. Thursday

Where: Safeco Field

TV: FSN, all three games

Radio: ESPN 710 AM, all three games

Pitchers: Tuesday -- Seattle left-hander Garrett Olson (2-1, 4.30 earned run average) vs. right-hander Chad Gaudin (2-6, 5.98). Wednesday -- Right-hander Brandon Morrow (0-3, 5.68) vs. right-hander Josh Geer (1-2, 5.98). Thursday -- Left-hander Jarrod Washburn (3-5, 3.24) vs. TBA.

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