Cordero, Johnson progressing nicely
Veteran relievers Chad Cordero and Tyler Johnson continue to make good progress in Arizona, manager Don Wakamatsu reported today during his pre-game media session.
Cordero, the former All-Star closer with the Nationals, “Is feeling good and is scheduled to throw a simulated batting practice on Saturday,” Wakamatsu said. “He’s progressing nicely.”
Exactly where he would fit into the Mariners bullpen remains uncertain, but a lot can happen between now and when Cordero is ready to join the Mariners. That could be as soon as mid-May.
The progress on the left-handed Johnson also is encouraging. He will throw one-inning stints in extended Spring Training games on Thursday and Monday, Wakamatsu said.
Meanwhile, at the MLB level, first baseman Russell Branyan still has some back stiffness and missed his third consecutive start in tonigt’s series opener against the Rays.
He remains day-to-day.
Also, catcher Kenji Johjima, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right hamstring, threw long toss ear/lier day and also took 35 swings in the batting cage.
“Tomorrow, we’ll see how he does, he’ll take some batting practice and probably when we go on the road to Anaheim we’ll start his running program,” Wakamatsu said.
The middle of the Mariners lineup is off to a slugghish start. Ken Griffey Jr. (.206), Adrian Beltre (.200), and Jose Lopez (.195) have been in the third, fourth and sixth spots most of the season.
As we go forward, if that continues we’ll look to re-arrange it,” Wakamatsu said. “But right now, with Russell down, the changes in the lineup the last couple of days are more due to injuries than anything else.”
— Jim Street