We've been running video of various Seattle pitchers talking about a particular pitch – Chance Ruffin the slider, Steve Delabar the split-fingered fastball, and, later today, Dan Hultzen on the curve.
Thinking ahead, the question popped up: Who on the Mariners staff might know how to throw a spitball, or at least have seen how someone else did it?
The smart money was on a veteran, like Kevin Millwood. Asked, Millwood laughed.
“Hey, I’ve gotten old legally,” he said.
Now, some news and notes from camp:
- Position players report to camp today for mandatory physicals, then the full squad - all 66 players - works out Saturday. Most players have already made an appearance, and today Johermyn Chavez, Darren Ford and Francisco Martinez arrived.
- Half the Mariners pitc hers will throw a third bullpen today, not throw for two days and then throw 10 minutes of live batting practice to teammates Sunday.
- Felix Hernandez lost about 10 pounds over the off-season and drew raves from manager Eric Wedge. "You watch him out there and he works hard, he's serous about what he's doing but he stsill has fun. He's the leader of this pitching staff, no question - and one of the leaders on this club," Wedge said.