Charlie Furbush pitches without regret
Charlie Furbush had an almost perfect spring training, which got him to the final days of spring training before the Seattle Mariners sent him to the minor leagues.
A man with a 0.87 spring earned run average, the left-hander reported to Tacoma without regret and picked up where he’d left off in Arizona.
“When things are out of your control, all you can do is work on what you need to work on and be patient,” Furbush said. “In my case, that meant throwing any pitch in any count.”
Furbush did that, and in two appearances with the Rainiers worked four innings, allowed one hit, no runs and struck out six.
Called up Friday, he pitched one inning of relief and allowed a solo home run.
Much to his surprise, Furbush said he’s developed a reliever’s mentality after starting most of his career.
“Last year after the trade (from Detroit), I tried to get to know everyone here. I wanted to be a good teammate,” he said.
Along the way, he made 10 starts and went 3-7 with a 6.62 earned run average with Seattle, numbers that didn’t please him but taught him lessons about the game.
“I learned so much last year, things that I have in my back pocket now,” Furbush said. “I have options in any count, lefty or righty. My approach is better. As a reliever, you come and go hard as you can at everyone you face.
“I like the job.”
Reliever George Sherrill said he felt something wrong with his left elbow after pitching in Japan, had nothing on his fastball in Texas last week and is as curious as anyone to find out why.
“I had a couple of MRIs taken today and we’ll see what they see,” said the left-hander, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday. “I’m hoping that it doesn’t need (arthroscopic surgery), because that might mean a couple of months. I’m hoping 15 days does it.”
Sherrill’s last appearance was Monday in Texas, and it didn’t go well – three runs allowed in 1 innings.
“Every good breaking ball was in the dirt and hurt to throw,” Sherrill said. “When I tried to pump it up I was hitting 85 mph. That wasn’t going to work.”
The Mariners are hoping for a definitive diagnosis today or Monday.
Manager Eric Wedge put together a lineup with seven right-handed hitters Saturday, something his roster wouldn’t allow last year. “A year ago, we had trouble fielding nine guys every night,” Wedge said. “That’s not the case this year – even without Mike Carp and Franklin Gutierrez at the point.” … When catching, Jesus Montero said he doesn’t try thinking like a hitter. “All hitters are different, so what I might look for (is what) they might not,” he said. “I go by the swings I see them taking, the reports we have before the game and what the pitcher has that night.”
Seattle plays host to Oakland at 1:10 p.m. today, a game that Root Sports will televise. Probable starters:: Graham Godfrey (0-1,3.00 ERA) vs. Blake Beavan (0-1, 1.42).