A few notes ....
* Brandon Morrow feels good after throwing a bullpen session and has no issues. He will throw another bullpen in Kansas City and should be ready to go when he comes off the DL in Minnesota.
* Ryan Rowland-Smith will throw a side session in the bullpen and I can actually see him doing it right now as I type this. He's doing really well according to Wakamatsu. He'll most likely throw a simulated game in Texas and then a bullpen and head out for rehab assignment.
But Wakamatsu cautioned about expecting him back any time soon.
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"It will take him some time to get him back into starting shape," Wakamatsu said. "He's set back quite a while, you'll have to build up his pitch count. So even after Texas, you're thinking of a couple weeks after that."
* Ken Griffey Jr.'s inflamed colon is still inflamed and he won't play today. But Wakamatsu figures he'll play tomorrow.
"We really had a strong feeling that he'd be okay today," he said.
Here's today's lineups --- A few things, Wakamatsu said he didn't like the match-up with Chavez vs. Vicente Padilla. Chavez is 1-for-10 in his career against Padilla. And he also wants to get Balentien, who he said has been "starting to swing bat" some more at-bats. As for Lopez moving up to No. 2, it's a product of the line-up changes in other areas, but Wakamatsu said he wouldn't lock Lopez into the No. 2 spot.
As for continuing to make line-up adjustments, he said, "It's such a long year. We look at how you are swinging it right now, are you coming out of it, are you not coming out of it, do you need a day. Those are all factors."
When asked if he saw any signs of power coming from Beltre, Wak said flatly, "Not right now. When you get off to a tough start, the anxiety and pride to carry this club magnifies."
But Wak pointed out the two-strike at-bat the other day and some quality ABs in Chicago as positives.
"There are signs that he's coming out of this thing though," he said.
Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
Andruw Young LF
Hank Blalock DH
Marlon Byrd CF
Nelson Cruz RF
Chris Davis 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Vincente Padilla (1-2, 7.43 ERA)
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jose Lopez 2B
Mike Sweeney DH
Russell Branyan 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Wladimir Balentien LF
Rob Johnson C
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Erik Bedard (2-1, 2.61 ERA)