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Seattle Mariners Roster Report 2009-04-14


Seattle Mariners Roster Report 2009-04-14
The Mariners will make their first roster move midweek when RF Ichiro Suzuki comes off the disabled list. When that happens, Ichiro will become the leadoff hitter and LF Endy Chavez, who had a huge first week as the leadoff man, will be moved around or will sit on the bench as manager Don Wakamatsu tries to juggle his lineup to find playing time for Chavez, LF/DH Ken Griffey Jr. and DH Mike Sweeney.

PLAYER NEWS:

--RF Ichiro Suzuki underwent a final blood test Monday morning and is expected to come off the disabled list and play Wednesday. Ichiro went through his first full workout with the team Monday, his first since coming down with extreme fatigue and ulcer problems three weeks ago.

--3B Adrian Beltre and RF Ichiro Suzuki will receive their Gold Gloves in ceremonies before Tuesday's home opener in Safeco Field. For Beltre, it is his second, while Ichiro will be collecting his eighth.

--OF Wladimir Balentien is expected to be available without conditions starting Tuesday. Balentien suffered a slightly sprained left wrist over the weekend in Oakland.

MEDICAL WATCH:

RF Ichiro Suzuki (bleeding ulcer, excessive fatigue) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 31. He appeared in an extended spring training game on April 9 and a minor league intrasquad game April 10. He likely will be activated April 15.

OF Wladimir Balentien (sprained left wrist) was hurt April 11, and he didn't play April 12. He could return to action April 14.

LHP Tyler Johnson (left shoulder surgery in May 2008) started the season in the minors. He is attempting to rebuild his strength.

RHP Chad Cordero (right shoulder surgery in July 2008) signed a minor league deal with the Mariners during the spring, and he wasn't ready for opening day. He could return in May, however, and then would be a competitor for the closer's job.

LHP Cesar Jimenez (biceps tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 29.

LHP Ryan Feierabend (Tommy John elbow surgery in March 2009) went on the 60-day disabled list March 16.

ROTATION:

RHP Felix Hernandez

LHP Erik Bedard

RHP Carlos Silva

LHP Jarrod Washburn

LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith

BULLPEN:

RHP Brandon Morrow (closer)

RHP Miguel Batista

RHP Roy Corcoran

RHP Mark Lowe

RHP Chris Jakubauskas

RHP David Aardsma

RHP Shawn Kelley

CATCHERS:

Kenji Johjima

Rob Johnson

INFIELDERS:

1B Russell Branyan

2B Jose Lopez

SS Yuniesky Betancourt

3B Adrian Beltre

DH Mike Sweeney

INF Ronny Cedeno

INF Matt Tuiasosopo

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Ken Griffey Jr.

CF Franklin Gutierrez

RF Endy Chavez

OF Wladimir Balentien


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 14, 2009

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