Josh Fields took walked out to a baseball diamond for the first time as a professional, and looked like a fawn stepping cautiously out of the forrest.
"He's probably having trouble breathing right now," manager Don Wakamatsu said.
Fields, the 23-year-old first-round draft pick last June, wasn't allowed to throw a bullpen session. The Mariners want to make sure they take their time with a hard-throwing right-hander who hasn't faced batters in eight months.
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He did, however, get to play catch – and the photo above is of his fourth throw as a professional. Maybe that makes it a collector's item.
When minor league camp opens March 8, Fields almost certainly will be sent there. The Marines want him to get his innings, and he will. Just not many of them in big-league camp. The last thing they want is Fields trying a little too hard to impress them after so long a hold out.