Sweeney slowed by tweaked back
A hard swing that Mike Sweeney took on the first pitch of his final at-bat in Saturday night’s game tweaked a muscle in his lower back and he spent most of Sunday morning in the trainer’s room getting treatment.
“We think he’ll be fine on Tuesday,” manager Don Wakamatsu said in his pre-game media session. “It’s in a little different spot than where it was before, just a muscle spasm so he should be fine.”
Sweeney was due to bat fourth in the ninth inning on Saturday night, but would have been removed for a pinch-hitter — Ken Griffey Jr. if there had been two runners on base or Ronny Cedeno with one out. It became moot when Jose Lopez grounded into a game-ending double play.
Wakamatsu said he talked to Felix Hernandez earlier in the day and was assured that there is nothing wrong with the ace right-hander’s right arm. Wakamatsu had expressed some concern after Saturday night’s game, saying it appeared that Hernandez was having an issue with his arm.
But Felix told reporters after the game that he was fine and said the same thing on Sunday.
“There were no repercussions from the game,” Wakamatsu. “His mechanics were a little out of whack and I think he tried to do too much.”
In other medical updates:
— Relievers Tyler Johnson and Chad Cordero are still working out with the extended spring group in Peoria. They will throw again onb Tuesday and Johnson could begin his rehab assignment real soon. Cordero is farther behind.
— Right-hander Roy Corcoran, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a neck issue, is much better and will begin playing catch on Friday before the Mariners face the Red Sox at Safeco Field.
— Shawn Kelley is improving, but the strained left oblique will keep him out of action for another six or seven weeks.
— Right-handed starter Carlos Silva (shoulder inflammation) is expected to play catch this week in Arlington during the three-game series against the Rangers.
Here’s today’s lineup:
1. Ichiro Suxzuki, RF.
2. Jose Lopez, 2B
3. Ken Griffey Jr. DH.
4. Adrian Beltre, 3B.
5. Russell Branyan, 1B.
6. Wladimir Balentien, LF.
7. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS.
8. Rob Johnson, C.
9. Endy Chavez, LF.
P. Erik Bedard.
— Jim Street