Pitching perils: Fister has X-rays; Lee returns for treatment
While we sit here and wonder if the Mariners still have Jarrod Washburn on speed dial, and how much they’ve punched that button the past 24 hours, we have these bits from Mariners camp:
X-Rays this morning on pitcher Doug Fister’s right forearm were negative after he was hit there by a line drive in the first inning Friday night. Manager Don Wakamatsu said Fister was hit on the fleshy part of the forearm and, while there’s a fair amount of swelling, the team is hoping that he won’t miss a start.
Cliff Lee will return to the Mariners’ camp today and spend the next week undergoing ice and stimulation treatments, plus time in the pool, to help him recover from a lower right abdominal strain. Lee had a platelet injection Friday in Seattle and will be examined again next Friday.
During a fielding drill this morning, reliever Brandon League tried to dive for a ball and planted his face into the turf, suffering a cut on the bridge of his nose that took two stitches to close. Wednesday, pitcher Garrett Olson jammed the ring finger on his left (pitching) hand when a grounder got him during a fielding drill. He’s expected to play catch on Monday.
Jose Lopez and Chone Figgins stayed in their usual positions — Lopez at third base and Figgins at second — during fielding drills this morning. Manager Don Wakamatsu said Friday that they would work out in their former positions this morning and probably play there — Lopez at second and Figgins at third — in a game Monday or Tuesday.
After all that happened Friday — news of the Lee injury, the line drive off Fister and a sixth straight exhibiton loss that ended when Jack Wilson forgot how many outs there were in the ninth and was doubled off first base on a fly to left field — Wakamatsu seemed thankful today that the sun came up.
“What do they say? This too shall pass?” Wakamatsu said. “Hopefully.”
And now, today’s lineups:
Stephen Drew, shortstop
Conor Jackson, left field
Justin Upton, right field
Miguel Montero, catcher
Brandon Allen, first base
Chris Young, center field
Tony Abreu, second base
Chris Snyder, DH
Augie Ojeda, third base
Dan Haren, starting pitcher
Eric Byrnes, left field
Franklin Gutierrez, center field
Ryan Garko, first base
Ken Griffey Jr., DH
Matt Tuiasosopo, shortstop
Ryan Langerhans, right field
Josh Wilson, third base
Rob Johnson, catcher
Chris Woodward, second base
Felix Hernandez, starting pitcher