Mama Corcoran lights fire in son, Roy
It has been a rough spring for reliever Roy Corcoran and he received a little pep talk yesterday.
Actually, a big pep talk.
“I talked to mama and she said I had better get my (rear) in gear,” Corcoran said this morning in the Mariners clubhouse.
Mama Corcoran (Barbara is her first name) knows best and she doesn’t beat around the bush. She tells it like it is and she’s been following the progress of her No. 2 son on the Internet.
The numbers have raised her eye-brows just a tad, as they say in Slaughter, LA.
Yes, indeed, mama Corcoran is more than a little concerned with that 12.79 ERA Roy has going into the final days of Spring Training.
“It had been close to two weeks since I called her and she was worried,” Corcoran said. “She was happy I called. We talked for a little bit and then she asked me how I felt. I told her I feel fine and she asked, ‘Then what’s the problem (with your pitching?). She keeps tabs on everything and knew I have been struggling.”
“I told her that I was just getting hit around. She gets into me pretty good, and I need that. It was a good, old-fashioned ‘get it in gear’ talk, and she did most of the talkin.'”
Corcoran is scheduled to pitch one inning in today’s game against the Indians in Goodyear.
The Mariners lineup:
1. Endy Chavez, LF
2. Ronny Cedeno, SS
3. Russell Branyan, 1B
4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
5. Mike Sweeney, DH
6. Wladimir Balentien, RF
7. Kenji Johjima, C
8. Franklin Guttierrez, CF
9. Chris Woodward, 2B
P Chris Jakaubaskas.
In other news, Ichiro Suzuki was still feeling under the weather and was not in camp. The right fielder experienced some light-headedness on Monday but played for three innings before leaving the game.
Manager Don Wakamatsu said Ichiro probably is a little worn out from the World Baseball Classic and his status will be day-to-day.
— Jim Street