So long to Corcoran and Woodward

From Unsung Hero one year to Unemployed the next.

That’s the case for right-hander reliever Roy Corcoran, who was designated for assignment 10 days ago and cleared waivers on Monday. But, according to the Everett Herald’s Kirby Arnold, Corcoran refused an assignment to Triple-A Tacoma and is now a free agent.

Corcoraan was one of the few feel-good stories during last season’s 101-loss season, when he appeared in 50 games and posted a 6-2 record and 3.22 ERA, He was a hoot to be around, a colorful character for sure.

An injury this spring prevented the popular Corcoran from returning to his ’08 form and he spent more time in the Minors in the Majors.

In somewhat of a surprise, the Mariners just announced that infielder Chris Woodward was designated for assignment, a move that cleared a roster spot for third baseman Adrian Beltre — who was activated off the 15-day disabled list.

The starting lineups have been posted:

Mariners

Ichiro, RF

Russell  Branyan, 1B

Jose Lopez, 2B

Ken Griffey Jr., DH

Adrian Beltre, 3B

Franklin Gutierrez, CF

Kenji Johjima, C

Jack Wilson, SS

Michael Saunders, LF

Royals:

David DeJesus, LF

Willie Bloomquist, CF

Billy Butler, 1B

Mark Teahen, RF

Alberto Callaspo, 2B

Brian Pena, C

Miguel Olivo, DH

Alex Gordon, 3B

Yuniesky Betancourt, SS

— Jim Street

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