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Seattle Mariners Notes, Quotes 2009-03-01

Seattle Mariners Notes, Quotes 2009-03-01
--3B Adrian Beltre was told by the Mariners that he will not be allowed to play in the World Baseball Classic because team officials don't believe he has recovered sufficiently from surgeries last fall on his left thumb and left shoulder. Beltre had decided to play in the tournament.

--LHP Ryan Feierabend is scheduled to meet Tuesday with Dr. Lewis Yocum, and Feierabend's season might hang in the balance. Feierabend has damaged his ulnar collateral ligament. If it's just scar tissue, he could be back pitching in 3-6 weeks. But if it's a recurrence of the problem Feierabend had last season, he could be out for the year because Tommy John-style ligament-replacement surgery would then be needed.

--LHP Erik Bedard didn't figure to be pitching this much this early, but he threw Friday, only two days after pitching in an intrasquad game. Bedard is trying to come back from left shoulder surgery that limited him to 15 starts and a 6-4 record last year. He said he's not feeling any complications from the surgery. "It's a surprise," he said of the lack of problems in his shoulder. "My velocity isn't there yet, but everything feels good and I feel strong."

--SS Yuniesky Betancourt came down with a hamstring injury after getting to camp. It wasn't supposed to be anything more than a minor annoyance, but it's become more than that. He has missed eight days of workouts and through Friday had not played in a game, although he was tentatively set to play Sunday.

--RHP Randy Messenger is only a shadow of his former self. In an effort to pitch his way onto the Mariner roster, he reported to camp 33 pounds lighter than he was at the end of the 2008 season. "I cut all the crap out of my diet, watched what I ate and worked my butt off," said the 6-foot-6 Messenger, who is down to 250 pounds. "That's all I did. That's all you can really do if you want to lose that kind of weight. I used to eat a lot of candy, and I've cut that out completely. All my candy now is chewable Vitamin C."

--1B Bryan LaHair doesn't have a guaranteed job with the Mariners -- far from it. If he's going to make the roster, he will need to show versatility. He came up as an outfielder, and he's being used in games in left field now so the Mariners can judge how well he does there. It's one way for him to get at-bats with first base a relatively crowded position in Seattle.

--OF Wladimir Balentien's chances of making the roster are dimming. The club thought he'd be in camp Feb. 26, eight days after he missed the reporting date because of visa problems. But he has yet to arrive, and the club doesn't know when he will get clearance to come to the U.S. and join his teammates.

--OF Freddy Guzman, a non-roster invitee, broke a bone in his right hand during his last at-bat in Tuesday's intrasquad game. He'll have surgery and could be ready to start the minor league season.

BY THE NUMBERS: 12 -- That's the number of pitchers manager Don Wakamatsu wants to have on his Opening Day staff -- seven relievers and five starters. That probably means the Mariners will not be able to carry a third catcher like the club did last year.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The Mariners, they scouted me, they drafted me, they know what they got. I just have to get as ready as I can. I don't feel like I have to prove anything." -- RHP Josh Fields, the 2008 first-round draft choice who will be moved to the minor league camp when it opens in March.

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