A relatively quiet pregame meeting with manager Don Wakamatsu.
The status of Russell Branyan and Jose Lopez and their achy backs were the first order of business.
We thought we'd have tehm both back in there today, but they were both a little bit stiff," Wakamatsu said. "I'd like to think they are going to be in there tomorrow. Bottom line, I think it's better off resting them and letting them get in there tomorrow."
Branyan has battled this on different occasions, including spring training and most recently the road trip in Cleveland. But Wakamatsu said this isn't quite as severe.
Lopez just woke up stiff, there wasn't a play that tweaked the back that Wakamatsu could recall.
Wakamatsu said he probably won't use either in a pinch-hitting situation.
As I type this, Adrian Beltre is taking batting practice on the field. He's hit a few balls deep into the left-field stands.
"His BP yesterday was as good as I've seen in a long time," Wakamatsu said.
The plan is to have Beltre to continue taking batting practice and working out into the Texas portion of the road trip and then possibly activating him Kansas City.
Jarrod Washburn takes the mound tonight while trade rumors continue to swirl about him. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal and JP Morosi, the Mariners have told interested teams like the Brewers, Yankees and Phillies, that Washburn is officially on the market.
Wakamatsu was asked how Washburn is dealing with the rumors and speculation.
"It's not easy for anybody," Wakamatsu said. "We had a talk in there yesterday and just tried to keep him focused. He is a veteran guy and been through a lot. He went through it last year and nothing happened last year. To me, if there is anybody can handle it, it would be him."
As for Erik Bedard's replacement in the rotation, Wakamatsu said they are leaning towards Garrett Olson making that start.