Lee throws with no pain

Left-hander Cliff Lee made 30 throws from one knee and 25 more standing up this morning and said afterwards that he felt nothing in his lower right abdomen, which is the best news he’s had since being injured on March 15.”

“It went good, real good,” he said. “I didn’t feel anything. I am pleased with how things went today.”

More details are forthcoming.

Update: There still is no “official” word on Ryan Garko being placed on waivers, but he is on the lineup card as a reserve for today’s game agaisnt the Rangers in Surprise.

Garko was signed with little fanfare on Feb. 1 as a potential backup/platoon first baseman to Casey Kotchman. But Garko, who batted .235 with two home runs and 12 RBIs for the Giants last season, had a tough spring, offensively and defensively, and the Mariners need a roster spot, for either Mike Sweeney or Josh Wilson.

Sweeney has had a great camp and earned a spot on the 25-man Opening Day roster and I still think there is a good chance that Josh Wilson will be on the 25-man and Matt Tuiasosopo, who has Minor League options left, will not. In my opinion, he is better off playing everyday in Triple-A than one day a week with the Mariners.

Meanwhile, Felix Hernandez will pitch a Minor League game at 9:45 a.m.

“I was told I would be pitching early, but not that kind of early,” Felix told me. “I can’t remember ever pitching this early.”

This will give manager Don Wakamatsu and pitching coach Rick Adair a chance to see Felix pitch and also make it over to Surprise.

One roster move was made this morning. Left-hander Luke French, acquired from the Tigers in the Jarrod Washburn deal, was sent to the Minors. He will continue as a starter.

Wakamatsu also announced his “tentative” starting rotation: Felix followed by Ian Snell, Ryan Rowland-Smith, Doug Fister and Jason Vargas.

Here is today’s lineup:

1. Ichiro, RF
2. Chone Figgins, 2B
3. Casey Kotchman, 1B
4. Milton Bradley, LF
5. Mike Sweeney, DH
6. Jose Lopez, 3B
7. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
8. Adam Moore, C
9. Jack Wilson, SS
RHP David Pauley

— Jim Street

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