Bedard throws, Junior, Fields no-shows

There was nothing new Sunday on the two buzz words of camp — Griffey, Fields.

Not surprisingly, Junior was nowhere in sight at the Peoria Sports Complex during the second day of workouts for pitchers and catchers. Fields was expected to participate in the drills, but he still has not signed a contract, although he had a physical at the complex on Saturday.

The financial parameters on a contract apparently have been settled, but until all the “I’s” are dotted and “t’s” crossed, the organization will not announce a deal and the right-handed reliever can begin his pro career.

As for Griffey, he is expected to talk to his family in the next day or so before deciding whether to play for the Mariners or Braves next season.

Meanwhile, the second group of pitchers worked their first bullpen sessions and left-hander Erik Bedard looked good.

In fact, catcher Rob Johnson was surpised by what he saw — and caught.

“His curveball was on, his changeup was on, his cutter was on and his sinker was on,” Johnson said. “I mean, everything was on. He obviously wasn’t throwing 100 percent. He’s not the type of guy who’s going to even try to go 100 percent on the first day, but it was so smooth, so effortless, so easy.”

It has been a tough start for left-hander Tyler Johnson. A sore left shoulder, which caused him to miss all of the 2008 season, is sore and he probably will be held out of action for a week to 10 days.

Camp ended for Infielder Tug Hulett, a classy guy if there ever was one. He was designated for assignment to make room for pitcher Luis Pena, acquired off waivers from the Brewers. If doesn’t find another job from another organization in 10 days, Hulett might return to the Seattle Minor League system. 

— Jim Street



  1. ciachef29

    I have watched as the Mariners have gone from bad to worse. Now after seeing the Mariners get screwed on a trade involing JJ Putz, we signed nobody, management saying there is a lack of money and we would sign players after money comes off the books. What? why not sign the players we need now and then the money will be there next year. We didn’t sign Abreu, or Dunn, or CC, or even Texiera, we didnt sign anybody of any importance, lost Raul, and now we are gonna let Griffey Jr. slip through or fingers, why? over a million or 2? first of all he would bring in 5 times more revenue then he would cost, and second he is still good and he is a good influence on younger players. Mariners go ahead and let Jr. walk away to the Braves, just don’t expect me too keep watching this ship sink.

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