Sherrill ready to return, plus today’s lineups
Pretty quiet Sunday morning in Peoria as the Mariners prepare for today’s Cactus League game with the Padres.
Talked to veteran lefty George Sherrill, who will be making his first live appearance tomorrow in relief of starter Hisashi Iwakuma. Sherrill was shut down early in camp after feeling some soreness in his throwing elbow, so he was the one pitcher who skipped all the intrasquad fun.
“It’s feeling pretty good,” he said. “I think it’s just over-use the last couple years. Over time you get older and stuff just starts happening and beating certain areas up, so you’ve just got to take a break sometimes and let it catch up and quiet down. So far it feels alright, so we’ll just try to build up strength and see how it goes.”
Sherrill figures to be an intregral part of the bullpen this year as a lefty specialist, something the club hasn’t had the last few seasons. So it’ll be important to get him healthy and ready. He says it helps that the Mariners started camp so early due to the Japan trip, so there’s plenty of time to get him tuned up if the elbow doesn’t flare up again.
Jason Vargas gets the start in today’s game in front of a mix-and-match lineup as Eric Wedge continues looking at players in different roles in the early going.
Chone Figgins will get the start in center field as the club wants to see if he’s a viable replacement there for the injured Franklin Gutierrez. Figgins played some center field for the Angels, starting 213 games in his career at that spot, but hasn’t been there in a regular-season game since 2006.
Here is today’s full lineup for the 12:05 p.m. PT game, which will be broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle:
Chone Figgins CF
Munenori Kawasaki SS
Kyle Seager 3B
Mike Carp 1B
Jesus Montero DH
John Jaso C
Luis Rodriguez 2B
Trayvon Robinson LF
Chih-Hsien Chiang RF
Jason Vargas P