A freak accident prior to the pre-workout calisthenics sent Mariners right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley to a local clinic to fix a small gash on his chin.
Kelley needed six stitches to close the wound caused when he was accidently kicked by fellow reliever Mark Lowe, who was visibly upset when he realized the damage one of his spikes caused.
“It kind of shocked me a little bit,” Kelley said of the incident. “It happened real quick. I was going to stay out there, but when we realized there was a lot of blood one of the coaches suggested I go inside and get it checked out.
“It was a little more serious than I thought.”
Kelley had the cut repaired, returned to the Peoria Sports Complex and got his throwing program in.
“The doctor told me that if I was a hockey player he would have told me to go back out there and start a fight.”
Manager Don Wakamatsu was asked after Wednesday’s workout about a conversation he had on the field with Ichiro Suzuki and Chone Figgins.
“I told them I changed my mind and neither of them are going to lead off,” Wak joked, “and Went back and said something different. We were talking about the leadoff thing and Ichiro will lead off. Figgins will hit second.”
He said the chat was more about the “importance of them coming together. From a teammate standpoint, how important it is for both of those guys to work together and to understand each other in style of play. It’s great when Ichi says to Figgins ‘you play the same style you always play and I will adapt around it.’ I am really looking forward to them as a tandem. I think it’s going to be pretty special to watch.”
— Jim Street