Bonderman gets first test today
Bonderman, 30, is making a bid for a rotation berth as a non-roster invitee and would be quite a story if he pulls it off. I wrote about his comeback efforts last week in this story and now we’ll get to see where he’s at when he works the first inning today against the Angels at 1:05 p.m. MT (12:05 p.m. PT).
He’ll be followed by young right-hander Brandon Maurer, the 22-year-old who forced his way into the “Big Three” conversation last year when he was named Southern League Pitcher of the Year after an outstanding season in Double-A Jackson.
This will also be the first chance to see Dustin Ackley and Brendan Ryan in action as they sat out the first three games as a precautionary measure as they return from offseason bone-spur surgeries. Both have been doing all the work in camp, but Eric Wedge didn’t want to push them too early in this long spring.
Here’s today’s full lineup:
Dustin Ackley 2B
Casper Wells CF
Jason Bay LF
Kendrys Morales DH
Jesus Montero C
Justin Smoak 1B
Eric Thames RF
Alex Liddi 3B
Brendan Ryan SS
Jeremy Bonderman P
Expected to pitch after Bonderman and Maurer are Andrew Carraway, Anthony Fernandez, D.J. Mitchell, Logan Bawcom, Chance Ruffin, Brian Moran and Danny Farquhar.
Garrett Richards gets the start for the Angels and Mike Trout is in the lineup, leading off in his first Cactus League game of the spring, though the Mariners won’t see Albert Pujols or Josh Hamilton today.
Veteran Jon Garland, the other veteran non-roster guy trying to launch a comeback, will throw live batting practice this morning and is expected to draw his first Cactus League start later in the week.
This is the last of four games at Peoria Stadium to kick off the spring. The Mariners hit the road for three straight starting Tuesday at Maryvale against the Brewers. Hisashi Iwakuma will start that game, with Joe Saunders also slated for his first Cactus League action.
Then it’s young bucks Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker going on Wednesday against the Indians in Goodyear. Hultzen will get the start, followed by the 20-year-old Walker, with both expected to throw two innings in their second outings of spring.
Today’s game isn’t on radio or television. The next three games — Tuesday through Thursday — will be on 710 ESPN Seattle on a delayed basis at 7 p.m. PT, but will be streamed live on Mariners.com at 12:05 p.m. PT.