Tags: spring training
By now most of you have heard about the injury sustained by Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo over the weekend. It was announced today that Olivo has a strained abductor muscle with no timetable on his return. Obviously the next guy in line is Adam Moore, but he was sick today as well and the Mariners used Chris Gimenez today in their 6-3 victory over the A’s.
Most of the focus today in the press was on Felix Hernandez and his first outing this spring,which actually was a bit rocky as the King got lit-up for 5 hits and a run before being pulled after 2 2/3 innings. And of course a lot of attention was paid towards Michael Pineda the young phenom who continues to impress people including today’s outing where he went a couple innings and once again did not allow a run, as the Mariners improved to 4-4-1 this year.
But somehow the media does not seem to be to interested in:
who looked good behind the plate today and drove-in a run with a double as well as forcing in another run on a bases-loaded walk. Gimenez is another ex-Cleveland guy ( starting to see a pattern here) who at 28-years old is pretty much playing for survival at this point. Gimenez was signed as a minor league free agent on Dec. 14th and has 73 games in the Majors under his belt. Gimenez as you can tell by the quick video interview I got while I was down in Peoria, is a nice guy with a good attitude who may have inadvertently found himself a job as the #2 or 3 catcher for the Mariners.
One thing that Chris Gimenez has going for him that Josh Bard does not, is his ability to play other positions in the field due to his overall athletic ability. I’m pulling for the kid to get a break and be one of those surprise guys coming out of camp I was alluding to a few weeks back. At this point it will be up to him to continue to play well and see how things go from there.I guess just the fact that his name is not Rob Johnson ought to give Mariners fans something to cheer about! Speaking of Johnson, I read that 40-year old veteran catcher Greg Zaun who was trying to hang in their for another season with the Padres has decided to retire. This puts none other than Rob Johnson in position to capture the spot as the back-up catcher with the Padres now. Funny how a few days can change things so fast in the game of baseball, stay tuned as more will be revealed! Go M’s! www.jeffsmariners.com
The Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians today 7-2 and got another brilliant outing from Erik Bedard as he continues his improbable voyage back from being lost at Sea with injuries for what seems like forever. Unfortunately for the Mariners the victory also cost them sorely with an injury to Miguel Olivo who suffered a groin injury in the third inning running home. While the Mariners still have Josh Bard and Adam Moore, the loss of Olivo for any extended period of time could prove costly to Eric Wedge and his crew.
The Mariners move to 3-3-1 in Cactus-league play with the win and the two innings of shut-out ball pitched by Bedard including fanning the side in the first, is certainly something to take note of. I know it is difficult to get to excited about a team that lost 101 games last year and is playing 1200 miles away in the desert, so I am going to keep this post short but wanted to touch base before I hit the sack.
I do appreciate all the positive feedback I have received from my loyal readers about the Spring Training reports and the whole new look with my blog. I realized while I was down in Peoria this year that the whole point in this sort of endeavor is to create community around something the blogger has a passion for. It has been trying at times to forge ahead with this project on my own dime, and time, with no apparent goal or destination( outside of the long-shot chance of the Mariners making the play-offs), but I am feeling more centered about this Mariners Blog and think we may just be able to have some fun this year. As usual I am looking forward to hearing from all of you, so feel free to leave any thoughts or suggestions on the course I am taking this year with this ship, after-all it is only Spring Training and now is the time to make mistakes and try new things! Go M”s! www.jeffsmariners.com