Though they're leaning toward starting the season with Jose Lopez at third base and Chone Figgins at second, don't be surprised if early next week the Seattle Mariners flip-flop those positions for a few games.
"Every likes what's going on with those guys," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "But when Jack (Zduriencik) and I talked today, we were asking, 'Do we want to look at them playing the other way before we decide?'"
Lopez hasn't played an inning at second base, Figgins not an inning at third this spring as both men played and adjusted to their new positions.
Though Wakamatsu and his coaches like the way the two hae made the transition, playing each at the other position next week might help add perspective to their final decision.
"When you see them switch, it doesn't mean the experiement is over or we've given up on anything," Wakamatsu said. "We have a lot of baseball left this spring.
In other camp news:
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- Though the team had hoped to break camp with an 11-man pitching staff, the probable suspension of Cliff Lee - which will mean opening the year with a 24-man active roster - almost demands the team carry 12 pitchers. They'll need a starter to cover for Lee, and likely another reliever to help eat early innings.
- Jack Hannahan (groin tear) took a second day of batting practice, but a return to the field could be a week away.
- Garrett Olson bruised a finger and won't pitch for another few days.
- Rob Johnson (hip surgery) will catch back-to-back games in the next 10 days, and almost certainly start the season on the roster, with rookie Adam Moore catching four or five times a week until Johnson is physically ready to do more.