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Seattle Mariners Roster Report 2009-04-22


Seattle Mariners Roster Report 2009-04-22
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 hitter, 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:

--1B Russell Branyan was still feeling some discomfort in his back, so he was held out of the Seattle lineup Tuesday for the third consecutive day. Branyan, who originally hurt himself on a slide at the plate Friday, is listed as day-to-day.

--RHP Chad Cordero, participating in extended spring training in Arizona, is progressing nicely and is scheduled for a simulated bullpen session against hitters Saturday. Cordero, who signed with Seattle during the spring, hopes to be pitching in the big leagues in May after having undergone surgery to repair a torn labrum during the 2008 season while in the Washington Nationals organization.

--LHP Tyler Johnson is expected to get a couple of one-inning performances Thursday and Monday in extended spring training. It's part of his recovery from surgery in 2008 to remove scar tissue from his left shoulder while he was with the St. Louis Cardinals.

--C Kenji Johjima, on the disabled list with a mild hamstring strain in his right leg, took 35 swings before Tuesday's game. He then got in a session of long throwing, and the Mariners are hoping he'll be able to start running soon. "(Wednesday) we'll see how he does," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "He'll take some batting practice, and probably when we go on the road to Anaheim we'll start his running program." Johjima was hitting .250 in 24 at-bats when he hurt his hamstring April 15.

--LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith met with the Mariners' medical crew. Rowland-Smith, on the disabled list with left triceps tendinitis, is less optimistic than he had been about being back in the rotation Sunday, the day he's scheduled to come off the disabled list. Rowland-Smith is due to get a full briefing from the doctors Wednesday, but he doesn't have full range of motion with his left elbow.

MEDICAL WATCH:

1B Russell Branyan (sore back) left the April 17 game after sliding into home plate. He did not play April 18-21. He is day-to-day.

C Kenji Johjima (strained right hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list April 16. He might start running in late April.

LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith (triceps tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 11. He might not be ready to return when he is first eligible.

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 will pitch in extended spring training in late April.

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 will pitch in extended spring training in late April.

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 22, 2009

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