Felix slowed down just a bit, but no big deal

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Another rainy day shortened Sundays’s workout at the soggy complex.

Lightning lit up an overcast sky around midnight, followed by rumbles of thunder, and yet another storm rolled through the valley, the fourth time since camp opened on Feb. 18 that the daily sked had to be altered, though this was the first time since the full-squad began workouts on Thursday.

Afterwards, manager Don Wakamatsu said ace right-hander Felix Hernandez would have his workload scaled back a bit. Felix was scheduled to throw a bullpen session today, but played long-toss instead.

Hernandez’s work schedule was altered a bit after his first bullpen session. “I thought his first bullpen was about 100 mph,” Wakamatsu said. “It looked like he was getting ready to pitch the season opener in the first bullpen.”

Therefore, the simulated game set for Thursday has been scratched, but that’s not big deal, according to Wakamatsu and Hernandez.

The game plan is for both Felix and left-hander Cliff Lee to throw about 25 innings this spring.

Meanwhile, Wakamatsu is not a big fan of “B” games and none have been scheduled for this spring. But that might change.

“If this rain keeps up, we might have some (“B” games),” he said this morning, adding that “B” games are for pitchers and there are so few pitching spots open in this camp that extra innings are not needed.

“There are guys pitching-wise in this camp that don’t have a chance to make our club,” he said, “and it doesn’t make any sense to have them pitch in ‘B’ games in order to say he has thrown enough innings to have a legitimate shot.”

In other news, here are a couple of photos shot during yesterday’s FanFest at Peoria Stadium.

Not sure if anyone took the young lady up on her offer and I can only imagine what is going through this young man’s mind as he looked into the window in front of my workspace in the media room at the complex.

I figured he must have asked his mom to take him to the zoo, and the closest she could come was showing him the animals in the media room.

Broadcasters Dave Niehaus and Rick Rizzs checked into camp this morning to prepare for a slightly busier schedule than a year ago — the Mariners’ first with ESPN 710. Not counting the two split-squad dates (on March 8 and March 25), 22 of 31 games can be heard on the Mariners radio network, compared to 20-of-35 last year.  

— Jim Street


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