It's true, that following up a day in which you go 7-for-10 is tough, but Ichiro Suzuki had another 10 at-bats in extended spring training today - and managed only five hits.
Clearly, the man is slipping.
Manager Don Wakamatsu said Ichiro would play a third game today, perhaps even play in the outfield a little.
General manager Jack Zduriencik was less enthused about that.
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"We're going to be careful and give him time, which isn't easy because he'd like to be playing today," Zduriencik said. "We'll get him more at-bats and have him in Seattle when we work out Monday."
For those living in a lettuce patch, Ichiro began the season on the disabled list with a bleeding ulcer. He's eligible to come off on April 15 - the second day of the Mariners first home stand.
Ichiro's return will mean some juggling for Wakamatsu - with Ichiro and Franklin Guttierrez playing every day, that means Ken Griffey Jr., Endy Chavez and Wladimir Balentien will have to share time in left.
It's not a bad problem to have, having Ichiro back, but it will make Wakamatsu's job a tad more difficult.