Ken Griffey Jr. is healhy and happy, back in a Seattle uniform and trying to talk his way into the Mariners lineup.
Keep talking, Junior.
Manager Don Wakamatsu and his staff had discussed this before Griffey's signature was on a contract - their goal is to have him ready to play on opening day, not Feb. 26.
So Griffey won't play this week.
"We're going to give him work and make sure his legs are strong and his body is ready," Wakamatsu said. "He won't play until after the off-day next week."
On that schedule, Griffey's first game would be next Wednesday. Will that schedule hold?