Rain alters Mariners workout schedule

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The parking lot attendant finds cover as rainstorm sweeps through Peoria Sports Complex 

There was a first in the Don Wakamatsu regime today — a Spring Training workout affected by rain.

But the manager said it was no big deal.

“This early in camp isn’t as bad as later on when you have also 30 hitters to deal with,” Wakamatsu said. “I feel we got plenty in today. The only thing we weren’t able to do was execute some of the fundamental stuff on the field,” he said. “But everybody, including the non-throwers, got their programs in. We got the bullpens in. And the catchers got all their work in.”

The daily schedule camp coordinator Ty Van Burkleo assembled had to be adjusted for the inclement weather, something that did not happen even once last year.

“Sometimes this is a blessing because you take the time to kind of slow things down and touch on some things you don’t normally do,” Wakamatsu said. “We had a good meeting, I thought. We reviewed what we have done the last couple of days.”

The first group of pitchers, including ace right-hander Felix Hernandez, were able to get their BP sessions in without a hitch.

Felix hand-picked his catcher for the day — 19-year-old Steven Baron, a non-roster invitee.

The youngest player in camp handled the assignment well.

“The kid can catch,” Wakamatsu said. “To think he is a year out of high school is amazing. He’s a pretty confident kid. A strong kid, much stronger than I envisioned. He’s really put together, has soft hands and a presence about him. He’s not intimidated.”

In other camp developments today:

— Infielders Jack Hannahan and Ryan Garko put on the catching gear for the first time this spring and worked out. Either one could wind up being an emergency catcher during the regular season. Garko has been that for the past four seasons, but has yet to make an appearance in a game. Hannahan also will get some work at shortstop this spring.

— Pitcher Cliff Lee is now scheduled to join the PFP drills on Monday, two days before his first bullpen session.

— Left-hander Erik Bedard did not throw today. He’s on a two-day throw, one-day off routine.

— Catcher Rob Johnson did not catch during the BP sessions, but did a lot of work in the batting cage.

Right-handed pitcher Yusmeiro Petit, a waiver claim from the Diamondbacks, remains in Venezuela attending to “personal matters” and now is not expected to arrive until later next week. He is a non-roster invitee.

— Jim Street

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