Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee - the top of the Seattle Mariners rotation - faced hitters for the first time this morning in a simulated game - and emerged ready for more.
"In five days, I'm getting a regular game," Lee said, "and I'm right on schedule. Today was just about getting a feel for the mound again, a feel for facing a batter. It went well."
Hernandez threw one inning, Lee two, and neither was fine tuned with their command.
"I kept everything down, but I was probably throwing at about 70 per cent," Felix said. "Next time, I'll work two innings. All I wanted today was to go out and feel good. I felt good."
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Facing minor league hitters, Lee gave up a couple of singles and hit one batter.
"I was missing, and I was missing everything in one direction, so that was good," Lee said. "The last thing I wanted to do was hit that batter. I told him right away, 'My bad.'"