Kirby Arnold Herald Writer
PEORIA, Ariz. — All-Star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki made a mid-afternoon arrival for his physical exam Monday. He’ll talk with the media today, so the only real thing to report was how he looked. The answer: maaaaaaahvelous.
Suzuki wore gray jeans, a gray jean jacket, backward black-and-white cap (not the trucker cap he’s worn in previous years, though), beige-and-black “dada” t-shirt and, the touch that pulled it all together, high-topped red-and-white basketball shoes.
Rubbing it in
When outfielder Michael Saunders, a native of Victoria, B.C., walked into the clubhouse Monday morning, a huge photo from Team USA’s Olympic hockey victory over Canada was hanging in his locker.
Nobody would confess to the prank, although Ken Griffey Jr. was getting some huge satisfaction.
“Just wait ’till he gets the USA jersey with his name on the back of it,” Griffey said. “He WILL wear that.”
Griffey, an admitted fan of the Olympics, on what he does when figure skating comes on TV: “Turn the channel.” … Pitcher Cliff Lee ran through some agility drills Monday and remains on schedule to throw his first bullpen session Wednesday, manager Don Wakamatsu said. … Until pitchers start facing hitters, it’s generally pointless to say who looks impressive. The exception has been Chad Cordero, who underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder 18 months ago. “Where he’s at and where he was last year is night and day,” Wakamatsu said. “It looks like he’s commanding the baseball and it’s coming out of his hand extremely well. This guy right now just gleams with confidence.” … It rained in Peoria again Monday and, for the third straight day, the Mariners scrubbed on-field drills for the pitchers and catchers. They got their work in under the cover of the bullpen and batting cages. There’s little chance of rain the next four days, and the high temperature is expected to reach the mid-70s by Friday. … Former Mariners pitcher Cha Seung Baek was in Peoria to try out with the club in hopes of extending a pro career that started in 1998 when the M’s signed him out of Korea. Baek hasn’t been in the big leagues since 2008 and pitched last year in the San Diego Padres’ organization.