Wak talks walks

There was good news coming out of Peoria this morning.

Ailing starters Erik Bedard and Brandon Morrow tested their aches and pains and apparently made it through their throwing sessions well.

Bedard, stymied almost a week because of a muscle strain in his right buttocks, had a 30-pitch bullpen workout.

“Everything was good,” manager Don Wakamatsu said. “He felt no pain.”

Morrow, out of action for almaost twice as long as his left-handed counterpart, had a 20-pitch session from a shorter distance to test the discomfort he’s felt in his right forearm.

That also went well.

Even so, Wakamatsu said Morrow’s readiness for the regular season remains “iffy”.

Besides the health of those two pitchers, the Mariners have other pitching issues, namely too many walks are being issued.

There were 10 walks in Friday’s split-squad game against the Diamondbacks here in Tucson, hiking the Cactus League total to 64 walks in 123 innings. Conversley, Mariners batters have walked 31 times.

That is a rotten pattern, even in the spring.

“The thing were looking at is the pitching,” Wakamatsu said. ” We can talk about the position players and having rookies out there, but we’ve walked way too many guys.”

— Jim Street

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