Mariners Insider Blog

The final roster won't include Olson, Jimenez or Phillips

The moves continue and the portrait of the opening day 25-man roster grows clearer.

The Mariners sent pitchers Garrett Olson and Randy Messenger to the minors and put left-hander Cesar Jimenez on the 15-day disabled list.

They sent Chris Shelton to the minors and gave catcher Jason Phillips a choice - be released or become the bullpen catcher.

"Guess which I chose?" asked Phillips, the veteran who will now catch in the bullpen this season.

"He's almost like adding a coach, with his experience," manager Don Wakamatsu said.

Putting Jimenez on the DL with biceps tendinitis gives the team a little time to make decisions. He's out of minor league options, and before too long he's either on the roster or placed on waivers, where another team might grab him.

All this means that final spot in the bullpen - at least for now - comes down to Chris Jakubauskas or Jesus Delgado.

Delgado is out of options. Jakubauskas isn't.