Rain, rain go away…


Practice fields were in no condition for pitchers to conduct fundamentals on Sunday

Here we go again.

For the second consecutive day, the fundamental drills that were supposed to be worked on had to be scrapped because of the weather.

The Peoria Sports Complex was saturated this morning after overnight rains, forcing an adjustment in the schedule camp coordinator Ty Van Burkleo had cooked up for the day.

There will be a story posted later today on your favorite web site (www.mariners.com) on what the washout means in the big picture.

Despite the lousy weather, pitchers were able to throw their bullpens, catchers were able to get their work in and the large number of position players in camp early took some swings in the covered batting cages.

It also is supposed to rain tomorrow (80 percent, they say) so another good dousing by El Nino could be on the way.

“We need a really big umbrella,one that could cover about four fields,” Van Burkleo said.

Meanwhile, according to my wife — who is celebrating her ??  birthday today — it is sunny. Go figure.

As of today, the only players that have not checked into camp are: infielders Jack Wilson, Jose Lopez, Casey Kotchman, Tommy Everidge and Brad Nelson, outfielders Milton Bradley, Ichiro Suzuki and Ezequiel Carrera.

Infielder Chris Woodward arrived early this afternoon, followed later in the day by designated hitter Mike Sweeney. Position players will have their physicals tomorrow and begin workouts on Tuesday.

— Jim Street

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