Tui lands spot on Opening Day roster

The Mariners Opening Day roster is set.

There are a couple of surprises, but none bigger than Woodinville’s own Matt Tuiasosopo being on it.

His terrific camp, which actually ended with the Mariners last week in Peoria when he was sent down to Triple-A, had a happy ending as he basically replaces Ichiro Suzuki on the roster.

Without further adieu (I am on a strict deadline) here it is:

Pitchers (12): RH David Aardsma, RH Miguel Batista, LH Erik Bedard, RH Roy Corcoran, RH Felix Hernandez, RH Chris Jakubauskas, RH Shawn Kelley, RH Mark Lowe, RH Brandon Webb, LH Ryan Rowland-Smith, RH Carlos Silva, LH Jarrod Washburn.

Catchers (2): Kenji Johjima, Rob Johnson.

Infielders (7): Adrian Beltre, Yuniesky Betancourt, Russell Branyan, Ronny Cedeno, Jose Lopez, Mike Sweeney, Tuiasosopo.

Outfielders (4): Wladimir Balentien, Endy Chavez, Ken Griffey Jr., Franklin Gutierrez.

The Mariners outrighted pitcher Jesus Delgado to Triple-A Tacoma and re-assigned to the Minor League camp, LH Tyler Johnson, RH Chad Cordero, C Jamie Burke, infielders Chris Burke and Chris Woodward and outfielder Mike Wilson.

The team also officially put Ichiro on the 15-day disabled list.

– Jim Street

5 Comments

Brandon Webb?
I liked Tui & Chavez this spring, and happy for them. Both hit well and played well.

Jim was on deadline (I know the rushed feeling). He meant Brandon Morrow, redwarf. Yes, glad to see Tui and Chavez there. I didn’t get my wish with Mike Wilson, but I think we’ll see more of him in September when the Ms are in the playoffs. Hope springs eternal . . .
But Jakubauskas made it. I like that. The pitching will be there when it counts.

I am still nervous as heck about the pitching staff… It’s stronger then last year but it still makes me a little nervous. We have fantastic fielders with a lot of speed this year so I would not be surprised to see Jr. became the DH by the end of this year (he can still hit like a gun is being pointed at his head but he has slowed down), we’ll just have to wait and see.

Yes, coed, we are all nervous about the pitching. I may seem glib at times, but I am just whistling in the dark. We’d feel better if there had been some dominant pitching from the starting rotation. And if a closer had emerged somewhere along the line. Maybe it’ll begin on Monday. I got it! They were just hustling the competition.

PLAY BALL!!!

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