Final cutdown day arrives
Some lifestyles will change for some of the Mariners that suited up for today’s final Spring Training game.
Soon after the final out, manager Don Wakamatsu will inform nine of the players that they are not going to be on the team charter headed for Minneapolis.
Basically, all but a few roster spots have been determined.
Questions remain on who the backup catcher will be, either Rob Johnson (my pick) or Jamie Burke; who will replace Ichiro on the roster, which will be real interesting, and how the bullpen shapes up.
That is the area of most concern heading into Monday night’s regular season opener, but a little of the angst was removed during Friday night’s game when right-hander Roy Corcoran tossed two scoreless innings. He needed that.
“I think it’s a situation where he put a lot of pressure on himself, especially in Arizona where the ball doesn’t tend to sink,” Wakamatsu said. “We kept saying, even though he was giving up runs and he didn’t have great outings, that his stuff was getting better. Obviously, he was as sharp as I’ve seen him (Friday night). It was a valuable two innings for him to build a little confidence going into the season.”
It appears that right-handers Chris Jakubauskas and Shawn Kelley will land spots in the bullpen.
— Jim Street