Weeks sidelined briefly by tight hamstring
Newly converted outfielder Rickie Weeks was pulled early from Wednesday’s game and held out of Thursday’s Cactus League contest for the Mariners due to some tightness in his right hamstring, though the issue is believed to be minor.
“It’s nothing serious,” manager Lloyd McClendon said Thursday morning. “We just took him out for precautionary measures. We didn’t want to take a chance. I will not play him today, but I expect him to be right back out there.”
In fact, Weeks said he would be going through his normal workout Thursday, but just wasn’t making the trip to Mesa for the afternoon game with the A’s as originally planned.
“It tightened up a little when I was running down the baseline and hit the bag,” Weeks said. “I just ran through it, but it was like a little cramp. I could have stayed in there, but with Spring Training they just want to be cautious.”
After playing strictly second base in his 11 years with the Brewers organization, Weeks has played exclusively left field since joining a Mariners squad that has Robinson Cano at second. He’s gone 2-for-9 with a home run in four Cactus League games so far and said he’s feeling more and more comfortable in his new position.
In other Thursday news:
— McClendon had Nelson Cruz in right field in Thursday’s lineup for the first time this spring and says the club’s new designated hitter will continue being included in that mix.
“I’m confident he can play the outfield,” McClendon said. “He needs to be out there and I’m trying to be as smart as I can be with this, get him some time out there to keep him sharp and at the same time keep him healthy in the spring. I don’t have a number [of games], it’ll be more of a feel. But he’ll be out there a few more times.”
— Left-hander Danny Hultzen said he felt great the day after pitching an inning against the Rockies in his first game action since undergoing shoulder surgery in 2013.
— Felix Hernandez will throw three or four innings in a simulated game situation on Sunday morning at the Mariners facility instead of facing the Dodgers in a Cactus League game that afternoon.
— After Kyle Seager went deep on Wednesday, the Mariners were tied with the Royals for the most Cactus League home runs with 11.
— Will Ferrell won’t enter the game until the second inning today in his whirlwind attempt to play for 10 teams in one day. So here are today’s starting lineups at the noon start at Hohokam Stadium.