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And Batista Goes Down Again

Manager Jim Riggleman has a vision, a Mariners rotation with five healthy starting pitchers.

So far, that's all it is - a vision.

Twenty-three pitches into his start Wednesday, Miguel Batista called trainer Rick Griffin to the mound and then left the game with a strained right groin.

If you're counting, that's one pitcher (Felix Hernandez) on the disabled list with a sprained ankle, another (Erik Bedard) sidelined by a tender shoulder and now a third (Batista) unavailable.

Felix is due back Friday, and Ryan Rowland-Smith will probably slide into Batista's spot if needed.