Ichiro is here — in spirit, at least
As you know, when the Mariners begin the season on Monday night, Ichiro Suzuki won’t be in the lineup. He remains in Peoria recovering from the severe fatigue caused by a bleeding ulcer.
He’s not here, but his jersey is and it will be hanging in the visiting dugout at the Metrodome in every game the right fielder misses — starting on Monday night.
It was something the “team decided”, manager Don Wakamatsu said prior to Sunday afternoon’s workout at the indoor facility.
Ichiro is still expected to rejoin the Mariners in Oakland on Friday, work out with the team during the three-game series, return to Seattle and hopefully miss just the first game of the three-game home series against the Angels.
Also, Wakamatsu announced his starting linuep for Opening Night.
And here it is:
1. Endy Chavez, LF.
2. Franklin Gutierrez, CF.
3. Mike Sweeney, DH.
4. Adrian Beltre, 3B.
5. Ken Griffey Jr., RF.
6. Jose Lopez, 2B.
7. Russell Branyan, 1B.
8. Kenji Johjima, C.
9. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
P. Felix Hernandez.
— Jim Street