Happy Fourth of July, and welcome to the a.m. briefing from manager Don Wakamatsu.
Closer David Aardsma has a mild strain in his lower back, says he can pitch but the team would love to give him at least another day off.
It now appears Yuniesky Betancourt won't come off the disabled list until after the All-Star break. The Mariners see no need to rush him to get him back for a few days before the break, and Ronny Cedeno is playing well.
Erik Bedard felt fine after his 54 pitch simulated game Friday, and remains on schedule to pitch Tuesday at Safeco Field.
Outfielder Ryan Langerhans is in the lineup for the third day in a row - despite a mild strain in his calf - and the Mariners are more and more impressed with the man they acquired last week from Washington.
"He's a very athletic kid," Wakamatsu said. "He may be a bit like Russell Branyan, a guy who floated around baseball and got bits and pieces of playing time but never had it click.
"He plays solid defense and gives us depth in center field, he hits left-handers pretty well. I like him."