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PREGAME: No Yuni in the line-up today, notes and quotes

Right now as I type this, Betancourt is standing in center field at Safeco with his arms crossed, clearly not pleased about NOT playing tonight. Manager Don Wakamatsu was asked if Betancourt's absence in the line-up was a product of last night's poor play in the field.

"It's some of that, obviously, but I need and want to see Ronny play a little bit more," Wakamatsu said. "Early in the season we had a little more rotation and I like that concept of giving guys breaks. It's not that I am sending any messages, but it's more about the level of play expectations. That's one of the main reasons Ronny is playing short today."

So it is a little about Yuni's play. But players have to earn playing time Wakamatsu said.

"How much is it lack of effort and how much is focus?" Wakamatsu said. "If we are going to go forward and do what we want to do here going forward, the level of expectation has to go higher and we have to make adjustments if mistakes are made."

So that's that.

Injury updates

Matt Tuiasosopo had his surgery today on his right elbow today. Everything went well, they removed a few small bone spurs and will start rehabbing soon.

The results are in on Carlos Silva's MRI on his shoulder, but Wakamatsu said he'd wait for one of the team doctors to discuss it. So we'll probably meet with them about 5 p.m. Ryan Rowland-Smith (elbow) threw 55 pitches today in Arizona and felt good. He's going to come back up here, throw a bullpen session and then head out to Tacoma around May 23.

When asked when Rowland-Smith could ultimately return to the rotation, Wakamatsu said: "If everything went well, we could build his pitch-count up by the first week of next month and it would be pretty quick," Wakamatsu said. "He was at 55 today. A bullpen. I would say in two or three outings he would be ready."

... Roy Corcoran played catch again today and will throw a bullpen session on Thursday.

Other stuff ...

Russell Branyan, who played with Brad Nelson briefly last season with the Nashville Sounds, didn't even know that Nelson had signed with the Mariners. While he was surprised, he seemed happy for him.

"He can really hit when he gets going," Branyan said. "He's got a lot of power, but he's more of a line drive hitter. You know this year what Milwaukee asked him to do being a pinch hitter off the bench is a pretty tough thing to do as a rookie."

In the picture above, Mike McCready, guitar player for Pearl Jam, is in uniform and standing with Bob Sherwin of MLB.com and Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald. McCready is playing the national anthem tonight. His sound check sounded pretty good, but it was funny he scared Adrian Beltre a few different times while Beltre was taking early BP.

I will admit, I like Pearl Jam, got to go with this as my favorite song

But "Black" is not far behind.

Mariners

Ichiro RF

Gutierrez CF

Griffey DH

Beltre 3B

Branyan 1B

Lopez 2B

Johjima C

Cedeno SS

Chavez LF

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Felix Hernandez P

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