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Seattle Mariners Roster Report 2009-04-17


Seattle Mariners Roster Report 2009-04-17
The Mariners made their first roster move midweek when RF Ichiro Suzuki came off the disabled list. Ichiro took over as the leadoff hitter, and OF 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:

--C Kenji Johjima was diagnosed before Thursday's game as having a mild strain of his right hamstring and was placed on the disabled list. It's the first time in his four-year major league career that Johjima has been disabled, although it happened several times during his career in Japan. C Jamie Burke was called up from Class AAA Tacoma to take Johjima's spot on the roster.

--RHP Sean White was recalled from Class AAA Tacoma before Wednesday's game, with 3B Matt Tuiasosopo being moved to Tacoma. White, 27, spent 2008 in the minor leagues but pitched briefly with the club in 2007. He wound up pitching two innings Thursday, retiring all six batters he faced on 30 pitches. It was his first big-league game since Sept. 26, 2007, against Cleveland.

--CF Endy Chavez had two of Seattle's four hits, a single in the fourth and a single in the sixth. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games, a career best. The start in center field was the first of the season for Chavez, who had already started in both left and right.

MEDICAL WATCH:

C Kenji Johjima (strained right hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list April 16.

LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith (triceps tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 11. He is not expected to be sidelined long-term.

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.

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.

ROTATION:

RHP Felix Hernandez

LHP Erik Bedard

RHP Carlos Silva

LHP Jarrod Washburn

RHP Chris Jakubauskas

BULLPEN:

RHP Brandon Morrow (closer)

RHP Miguel Batista

RHP Roy Corcoran

RHP Mark Lowe

RHP David Aardsma

RHP Shawn Kelley

RHP Sean White

CATCHERS:

Rob Johnson

Jamie Burke

INFIELDERS:

1B Russell Branyan

2B Jose Lopez

SS Yuniesky Betancourt

3B Adrian Beltre

INF Mike Sweeney

INF Ronny Cedeno

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Endy Chavez

CF Franklin Gutierrez

RF Ichiro Suzuki

DH Ken Griffey Jr.

OF Wladimir Balentien


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 17, 2009

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