It's true, that following up a day in which you go 7-for-10 is tough, but Ichiro Suzuki had another 10 at-bats in extended spring training today - and managed only five hits.
Clearly, the man is slipping.
Manager Don Wakamatsu said Ichiro would play a third game today, perhaps even play in the outfield a little.
General manager Jack Zduriencik was less enthused about that.
"We're going to be careful and give him time, which isn't easy because he'd like to be playing today," Zduriencik said. "We'll get him more at-bats and have him in Seattle when we work out Monday."
For those living in a lettuce patch, Ichiro began the season on the disabled list with a bleeding ulcer. He's eligible to come off on April 15 - the second day of the Mariners first home stand.
Ichiro's return will mean some juggling for Wakamatsu - with Ichiro and Franklin Guttierrez playing every day, that means Ken Griffey Jr., Endy Chavez and Wladimir Balentien will have to share time in left.
It's not a bad problem to have, having Ichiro back, but it will make Wakamatsu's job a tad more difficult.