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Date: Team: Pos:

Leonys Martin arrived in Mariners' camp on Wednesday.

Martin was late to camp because he testified Tuesday in a human-trafficking trial in Miami. It shouldn't take him long to get up to speed. The 28-year-old batted .247/.306/.378 with 15 homers, 47 RBI, and 24 steals over 143 games last season. He'll function as Seattle's primary center fielder again in 2017.
Feb 22 - 9:33 AM

Steve Cishek (hip) played catch Tuesday for the first time since arriving to Mariners' camp.

Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN said that things "appeared to go well." It was an important step for Cishek, who required offseason surgery to fix a torn labrum and also had microfracture surgery. The hope is that he could be ready to return by the end of April, but it will all depend on how his body responds to ramping things up.
Feb 21 - 1:32 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Tuesday that Leonys Martin could arrive in camp on Wednesday.

Martin is currently testifying in Miami regarding a Cuban human-trafficking case. Previous reports indicated that his testimony could stretch into Wednesday, but either way, it shouldn't be long before he officially reports.
Feb 21 - 11:18 AM

Steve Cishek (hip) is scheduled to play catch Tuesday for the first time since arriving at Mariners camp.

"It's a big day for me," the rehabbing reliever told reporters on Monday morning. Cishek needed microfracture surgery on his left hip back in October and will almost certainly open the 2017 season on the disabled list, but he could be ready to rock before the end of April.
Feb 20 - 11:06 AM

Mariners' manager Scott Servais confirmed Sunday that Ariel Miranda is preparing as a starting pitcher this spring and would be the first in line should an injury strike any member of the rotation.

Miranda pitched very well in 10 starts down the stretch for the M's after a mid-season trade from the Orioles, but there isn't room for him in the Opening Day rotation at the moment. It's unclear if he'll make the big league club in a swingman role, or bide his time in Triple-A until an extra starter is needed.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 19 - 4:45 PM

Leonys Martin will be a late arrival at Mariners spring training.

Manager Scott Servais said Martin might not arrive until Tuesday or Wednesday. Martin is reportedly healthy and is back in Miami dealing with a personal matter. The 28-year-old blasted a career-high 15 homers in 2016.
Feb 18 - 7:37 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said early Saturday that Jean Machi had arrived to spring training.

Machi was a few days late due to a paperwork issue, but will take his physical on Saturday. His arrival means that all of the M's pitchers are now accounted for in spring camp. Machi, a non-roster invitee, could crack the Opening Day bullpen with a strong showing down in Arizona.
Feb 18 - 10:36 AM

Steve Cishek (hip) is on track to begin throwing off a mound in early March.

Cishek is recovering from microfracture surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. The reliever is almost surely going to begin the season on the disabled list. "He’s got the get his legs under him," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "His arm is fine. He’s working his arm, but he’s not (yet) putting the whole throwing motion together because of the hip issue. It was a little more severe than the doctors initially anticipated. That’s why he’s a little slower in his recovery." 
Feb 17 - 9:47 AM

Tony Zych (biceps) is on track to begin throwing off a mound in late February.

Zych is working his way back from a biceps tendon transfer and is currently long-tossing from 120 feet. He should have a chance to be ready for Opening Day, but the Mariners will proceed cautiously with him.
Feb 17 - 9:44 AM

Felix Hernandez said Tuesday in Mariners camp that he is back up at 224 pounds.

Hernandez, officially listed at 225 pounds, dropped down to 207 pounds heading into last season and wound up with a relatively disappointing 3.82 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 122/65 K/BB ratio in 153 1/3 innings. So he decided to cultivate some mass this winter. "I've got to prove people wrong," the buffed-up Seattle ace told reporters Tuesday.
Feb 14 - 5:14 PM

Steve Cishek (hip) might not be ready for Opening Day.

It was reported back in October that Cishek underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, but he also had microfracture surgery to repair more damage. He's still only playing some light catch, so Opening Day might be overly ambitious.
Feb 14 - 2:18 PM

Jean Machi is not expected to be present for Wednesday's workout.

Mariners manager Scott Servais said he believes Machi is dealing with a paperwork issue. It probably won't keep him out of camp for long. Machi signed a minor league deal with Seattle over the winter after posting a 3.65 ERA and 53/17 K/BB ratio over 61 2/3 innings in Triple-A last season between the Cubs and Giants.
Feb 14 - 2:11 PM

Tony Zych (biceps) is currently playing catch and will begin long-tossing from 120 feet soon.

Zych missed most of last season with a biceps issue and had surgery back in October. He's obviously a bit behind the other Mariners pitchers in camp, but it sounds like he should have a shot to be ready by Opening Day if he can avoid setbacks. The owner of a 2.81 ERA and 45/13 K/BB ratio over 32 career innings, Zych could be a weapon out of the Seattle bullpen if he can stay healthy.
Feb 13 - 5:57 PM

Mariners sent RHP Jonathan Aro outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

Aro was designated for assignment last week after the Mariners claimed catcher Tuffy Gosewisch off waivers. The 26-year-old will continue to provide bullpen depth in the minors.
Feb 1 - 2:30 PM

Mariners signed LHP Nick Hagadone to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times first reported that a deal was close. Hagadone required surgery to repair a fractured left elbow in 2015 and didn't pitch at all last season. The 31-year-old owns a 4.72 ERA over 143 relief appearances in the majors.
Jan 31 - 1:20 PM


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