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
 
 

4 Comments

It will be interesting to see how Wak and company shake up the so-far awesome bullpen. But I gotta say, I wasn’t so optimistic following those opening couple of games. Speaking of bullpens, I was browsing and found that Philippe Aumont has 5 games and 5 innings under his belt thus far for single-A High Desert. I was expecting to see a dynamite starter in another couple of years, not another conversion experiment.

Good to see Kenji is doing better. Hopefully Lopez, Jr, and Beltre can pick up the pace here soon.

I noted that Mike Wilson has not played for the Tacoma Mariners and that he was listed on the 7 day D/List on April 7. To date is he still on the D/List. His power home runs 8 during spring training would be useful to the Tacoma Rainiers and the Seattle Mariners.

Russ, Shep here. Congratulations on being on the All-Star ballot. You are deserving and have worked harder than anyone I know to receive this honor. I do remember the extra ground balls you have taken for every team you have played for, especially the Indians down in Winter Haven when I was there with you. Keep up the good work and know that we are praying for your rapid recovery with the back strain and look forward to your return. God Bless you brother. Hang in there. RS-Lucky #6HRs

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