Camp gets underway in the desert


Manager Don Wakamatsu meets with the media prior to first pitchers-catchers workout

Spring Training started this morning for Mariners pitchers and catchers, but not everyone that is supposed to be here was here.

Right-handed pitchers Jesus Colome and Yusmeiro Petit were no-shows. Neither has received working visas from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, respectively.

Manager Don Wakamatsu said he did not expect either hurler to miss much time. “Right now we are not looking at a long time, a couple of days.”

Colome, who has pitched in the Major Leagues for the past nine seasons, signed a Minor League contract on Feb. 10 and was invited to camp. Petit was acquired on a waiver claim from the Diamondbacks on Nov. 4.

In other camp news:

Wakamatsu said catcher Rob Johnson, who had offseason surgery on both hips and his left wrist, “will be a little bit limited. He will take batting practice, do a throwing program and we will integrate him into catching stuff as we go along. But he’s feeling really good.”

The first day included the dreaded 300-yard shuttle “to see how good of shape the guys are in. That’s always interesting to see.

“We’ll do same thing we did last year, bring guys in at the end of the day and have some our meetings. We should have all of our meetings done with the pitchers in four days,” Wakamatsu said.

On the pre-camp physicals:

“Everybody showed up in pretty good shape. There are always going to be a couple of guys, and we will target those guys early. But there were no surprises.”

 — Jim Street

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