Gutierrez on DL; Jimenez sent down as roster finalized
I’m back in Seattle this morning to catch my breath — and get a few things taken care of after 47 days in Arizona — before heading to Oakland on Thursday to start the regular-season. The Mariners are finishing up some things of their own this morning, setting their final roster by placing center fielder Franklin Gutierrez on the 15-day Disabled List and sending left-handed reliever Cesar Jimenez to Tacoma.
That leaves 29 players in Major League camp, but only 25 healthy bodies, so it appears we have the Opening Day roster in place barring any last-minute trades or waiver claims by Jack Zduriencik.
Gutierrez’s placement on the DL isn’t stunning, given he’s missed the past 10 games and the club is still seeking answers on why his digestive system continues causing stomach problems. His DL stint will be backdated so he’ll be eligible to return by April 6, which would mean missing only five games, but that would require some progress being made in the interim.
Jimenez’s departure isn’t surprising either, given his 9.82 ERA this spring. He was out of options, however, and needed to clear waivers before being sent to Tacoma.
It would appear to set the bullpen with an interesting group that includes just three returnees from last season — Brandon League, Davidy Pauley and Jamey Wright.
The rest will be Chris Ray, Aaron Laffey and rookies Josh Lueke and Tom Wilhelmsen.
The biggest surprise to me is the inclusion of non-roster invitee Luis Rodriguez as a utility infielder, given Adam Kennedy is also on the team in that role.
Here’s the 25:
Starting pitchers: Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Doug Fister, Erik Bedard, Michael Pineda.
Relievers: Brandon League, Chris Ray, Aaron Laffey, David Pauley, Jamey Wright, Josh Lueke, Tom Wilhelmsen.
Catchers: Miguel Olivo, Adam Moore.
Infielders: Justin Smoak, Jack Wilson, Brendan Ryan, Chone Figgins, Adam Kennedy, Luis Rodriguez.
Outfielders: Ichiro Suzuki, Michael Saunders, Milton Bradley, Ryan Langerhans.
Designated hitter: Jack Cust.