Not a bunch of a lot things, but some decent stuff coming from the pregame meeting with manager Don Wakamatsu.
* Yuniesky Betancourt is doing drills right now and at Wakamatsu's suggestion is taking ground balls at second base(pictured above). He'll probably head to his rehab assignment with the Rainiers in the next few days. Tacoma returns to Cheney Stadium for five straight home games starting tomorrow. Wakamatsu said that they aren't sure what Betancourt's schedule would be but they want him to play at least one game at second base.
* We listed the roster move earlier, Wakamatsu said that the move is precautionary for the Mariners and Mike Sweeney and he will see a doctor and possibly get some x-rays. With the move, it leaves the Mariners with 13 pitchers on the rosters. When asked about the possibility of another roster move to add a position player, Wakamatsu said its being discussed.
We're dialoging with that right now," he said. "We'll see. If there's a need, we're going to have to make that move. The biggest thing right now, we go through each game and see where it takes us."
Wakamatsu then mentioned that the won't really a need a fifth starter until July 25th. Right now, the Mariners have seven starters - Felix, Bedard, Washburn, Morrow, Vargas and Olson.
So who is the fifth starter?
"They've all pitched great, it's more about looking at different things and usage and where guys slot out and what's best for the team," Wakamatsu said.
Logically, one will go to the bullpen (Olson) and Vargas would go to Triple A and continue to stay stretched out. But Wakamatsu wouldn't commit to that yet.
"Depends on who it is and are dialogue in the next couple of days," he said.
* If you notice below, Kenji Johjima is out of the line-up for the second straight day. The Japanese media asked if it was a question of the match-ups. My inner cynic says, "Yeah, it's the match-up of having Johnson catch Bedard. Since we know Bedard has had minor issues with Joh's game calling in the past."
But Wakamatsu, who's been adamant about not having personal catchers, said the decision was based on a little bit of everything.
"I look at a lot of different things," he said. "I think Rob's done a good job, and Joh's done a good job. I do look at just about everything. I look at opposing teams and match-ups and every day we try to go with the best chance of winning and today Rob gives us the best opportunity."
* Until something changes Ken Griffey Jr. will handle the bulk of the DH duties, unless a roster move is made. But expect to see Ichiro to DH at least once in the Texas series, or perhaps even tomorrow.
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 2B
Aubrey Huff 1B
Nolan Reimold LF
Luke Scott DH
Melvin Mora 3B
Matt Wieters C
Robert Andino SS
RHP Jeremy Guthrie (6-8, 5.20 ERA)
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Russell Branyan 1B
Jose Lopez 2B
Ken Griffey Jr. DH
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Ryan Langerhans LF
Rob Johnson C
Chris Woodward 3B
Ronny Cedeno SS
LHP Erik Bedard (5-2, 2.47 ERA)