Pictures from Peoria: Scenes on a sunny Sunday
It was a magnificent Sunday in Peoria today, perfect 75-degree weather and a good day for the Mariners on several fronts.
Felix Hernandez threw live batting practice for the first time this spring, Hisashi Iwakuma did some “dry work” on the mound as he works to stay in shape while his finger heals, and Stephen Pryor surprised everyone by throwing his first bullpen session since undergoing surgery to repair a detached tendon in his shoulder last fall.
You can get all the details on those stories here in my daily notebook, which includes Felix telling me he feels much stronger this spring after he thinks he cut back too much weight last year, as well as Iwakuma and Pryor’s thoughts on their returns.
I also wrote this feature on shortstop Brad Miller, who is fighting for the starting shortstop job this fall.
And then we have pictures, plenty of photos from today’s action in Peoria.
Iwakuma didn’t throw any pitches, but he did go through his throwing motion on the mound as he continues recovering from a strained finger tendon.
Brad Miller and Willie Bloomquist were seen drawing in the dirt at one point during the infield drill. Designing some new play? Discussing the groundskeepers work on the sod? Nope, the veteran Bloomquist was explaining to young Miller how to get around on the Highway 101 loop that surrounds Phoenix. True story.