Liddi among six sent to Minor League camp

The Mariners made their first roster cuts of camp on Saturday, sending six players down to their Minor League camp.

Among the early departures are infielder Alex Liddi, who hit grand slams in back-to-back games this week. He and left-handed pitcher Mauricio Robles and outfielder Carlos Peguero were optioned to Triple A Tacoma.

Johermyn Chavez, another of the club’s promising outfield prospects, was optioned to Double A Jackson.

James Paxton, the left-handed pitcher just signed a week earlier, was re-assigned to the Minor League camp along with right-handed pitcher Yesmeiro Petit. Paxton and Petit were non-roster invitees to Major League camp, while the other four are on the 40-man roster.

Liddi hit .385 with eight RBIs, thanks to his pair of slams, in 13 at-bats. Peguero and Chavez each hit a home run. Chavez was batting .250 with one RBI in 16 at-bats and displayed a strong throwing arm in the outfield. Peguero hit .176 with two RBIs in 17 at-bats.

Robles pitched just once in Cactus League action, walking two in an adventurous inning that he escaped with no runs.

Petit gave up one run and three hits in 1 2/3 innings in two appearances, while Paxton just began throwing with his first bullpen session Friday after ending a nearly two-year holdout from professional ball.

The moves leave the Mariners with 58 players in Major League camp, 38 on the 40-man roster and 20 non-roster invitees.

Also this morning, Felix Hernandez will throw four innings against Minor League hitters at 10:15 a.m. PT on a practice field, with Yoervis Medina throwing three innings and Chris Ray one on the other team.

Here’s today’s lineup for the 12:05 p.m. game against Oakland at Peoria Stadium, which is about as close to a regular order as we’ve seen this regular season:

Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 3B
Milton Bradley LF
Jack Cust DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Adam Kennedy 2B
Jack Wilson SS
Josh Bard C
Blake Beavan P

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