Junior in the outfield coming soon

We’re getting closer to seeing Ken Griffey Jr. in the outfield.

During his morning media session, Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said Griffey would handle the designated hitter duties in home games against the White Sox today and Dodgers on Monday — the first back-to-back game Griffey has played — and use Tuesday’s off day to determine what the next step will be. “We’ll see how he comes back off of that, and look to see if we can’t get him in the outfield sometime later in the week,” Wakamatsu said.

After a night road game against the Royals on Wednesday, the Mariners have four consecutive home games.

In other news:

* Right-hander Chad Cordero, signed late last week, threw a bullpen session this morning.

* Left-handed reliever Cesar Jimenez, a late-inning specialist candidate, will to make his Cactus League debut on Monday against the Indians in Goodyear.

* Another lefty, Tyler Johnson, also vying for the situational role, will throw a bullpen on Monday and toss a simulated game on Wednesday.

* Starter Erik Bedard is scheduled to pitch one inning on Monday against the Dodgers at Peoria Stadium.

* And right-hander Brandon Morrow (forearm) will throw on the side on Monday, his second throwing session in three days.

Wakamatsu said the next round of roster cuts are likely to occur on Monday and the majority of cuts will be pitchers. The Mariners currently have 24 pitchers in camp and two others — right-handers Felix Hernandez and Carlos Silva — competing in the World Baseball Classic.

— Jim Street

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