Pictures from Peoria: Thursday version

Today was Day 9 of Mariners camp and the fourth day of full-squad work. And yes, another step toward actual games as some pitchers threw live batting practice for the first time. There’s only one week until the first Cactus League game on Feb. 27, so guys will need to start getting their timing at the plate pretty quickly.

I have a story on Mariners.com today about Jesus Montero and his shift to first base. I also wrote about reliever Stephen Pryor’s comeback from a rare surgery as well as other news of the day in today’s notebook.

And if you’re looking for your daily fix of photos from camp, here’s today’s batch:

Abraham Almonte had to stretch for a pop up during a very windy drill for outfielders that had everyone scrambling.

Almonte catch

Tom Wilhelmsen was one of the 13 pitchers who threw live batting practice and the hard-throwing reliever looked strong.
Wilhelmsen, Tom

Shortstop Nick Franklin talks with Erasmo Ramirez about what he was throwing when the two faced off in live BP.
Franklin-Erasmo

Reliever Chance Ruffin got his work in during batting practice on another field.
Ruffin, Chance

Seahawks Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent dropped in to camp and chatted with skipper Lloyd McClendon and others.
Largent Mac

Things are looking up this spring for Dustin Ackley, who continues refining his outfield skills as he figures to be a key player in this year’s plans in either left or center field.
Ackley catch

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