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James Paxton (forearm) will long toss on Tuesday and reportedly feels fantastic, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.

Paxton, who injured his forearms in an awkward fall during an agility drill in February, is being used cautiously by the Mariners. He could throw a bullpen on Friday, which will allow the Mariners to get a better feel for where he's at. Paxton believes he has plenty of time to get ready for the regular season. The lefty impressed in 13 starts last season, posting a 3.04 ERA with a 59/29 K/BB ratio in 74 innings.
Mar 3 - 10:20 AM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon acknowledged to reporters Monday that Dustin Ackley will be in a left-field platoon this season with Rickie Weeks.

Ackley has batted just .236/.295/.342 in his career against left-handed pitching so the M's will pair him with the right-handed-hitting Weeks, who was signed to a one-year, $2 million free agent contract last month. It's a bad situation for fantasy purposes.
Mar 2 - 10:37 AM

James Paxton (forearm) is expected to throw his first bullpen session of the spring on Tuesday.

Paxton fell awkwardly on both of his arms during one of the first workouts of Mariners camp and has been taking it easy for the past couple of weeks. The left-hander should be 100 percent by the beginning of the 2015 regular season. He owns a shiny 2.66 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 80/36 K/BB ratio in 98 career major league innings.
Mar 2 - 10:25 AM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Sunday that Austin Jackson will see extra rest this season in an effort to keep him fresh.

The 28-year-old outfielder appeared to wear down as the 2014 season neared its conclusion, hitting just .191 in September. While he struggled in his 54 games with the Mariners to finish the season, McClendon believes that Jackson is a dynamic talent and will be a catalyst atop the M's lineup in 2015.
Mar 1 - 4:50 PM

Marcos Grunfeld of reports that Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez remains in a coma.

"The situation remains the same," Mariners coordinator of Venezuelan operations Emilio Carrasquel said. "Nothing has changed." It's been two weeks since Sanchez was hit in the head during a boating accident in his native Venezuela and the 20-year-old remains in critical condition. He suffered a double skull fracture and brain hematoma during the incident.
Mar 1 - 11:16 AM

James Paxton (forearm) is scheduled to play catch on Monday.

The Mariners are taking things very cautiously with Paxton this spring, and will build him up to throwing bullpen sessions. Their goal is to get him up to throwing five inning starts before the end of the Cactus League schedule.
Feb 28 - 11:31 AM

Mariners pitching coach Rick Waits said Saturday that J.A. Happ has been working on his changeup and plans to use the pitch with a much higher frequency in 2015.

The changeup was arguably the veteran southpaw's worst pitch last season, which could be why he only used it 9.5% of the time, down from his career usage of 12.3%. If Waits and company can improve the pitch though, and provide more deception and separation from his fastball, it could become more of a weapon for him.
Feb 28 - 11:20 AM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon indicated Saturday that whoever plays right field could end up batting second in the Mariners lineup.

The M's skipper mentioned that Seth Smith, Justin Ruggiano and Rickie Weeks were all capable of hitting in that second spot in the lineup. Smith figures to see the majority of the at-bats against right-handed pitching with Ruggiano or Weeks imposing their will against opposing southpaws.
Feb 28 - 10:46 AM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Saturday that the team has yet to settle on their shortstop for the upcoming season.

That means that Brad Miller and Chris Taylor will compete for the job this spring. McClendon did note that whichever candidate secures the job, that the shortstop is likely to bat ninth, sapping their already minimal fantasy value.
Feb 28 - 10:31 AM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday that Rickie Weeks will get most of his outfield work in left field.

It's the logical spot for him. Weeks signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mariners earlier this month and is finally on board with making the transition from second base to the outfield. He's likely to have a part-time role against left-handed pitching.
Feb 25 - 10:23 AM

Willie Bloomquist (knee) ran the bases Monday and Tuesday for the first time since undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee.

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said that Bloomquist is "doing fabulous" and is well ahead of schedule. The M's fully expect the utility player to be ready to go on Opening Day.
Feb 24 - 8:44 PM

Robinson Cano told reporters Tuesday that he dropped 13 pounds over the offseason.

Cano also assured the gathered media that the fractured pinkie toe he suffered during MLB's All-Star Series in Japan has fully healed. The 32-year-old second baseman batted .314/.382/.454 with 14 home runs and 82 RBI in 157 games last season for the Mariners. It was the first year of a 10-year, $240 million deal.
Feb 24 - 5:23 PM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Tuesday that James Paxton (forearm) is expected to resume full throwing workouts early next week.

Paxton has been held out of workouts since landing awkwardly on both of his forearms last week during an agility drill. He's fine, but the Mariners are just being cautious early in camp.
Feb 24 - 10:26 AM

According to in Venezuela, the latest tests on Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez revealed brain activity.

Sanchez remains in a coma and is in "critical" condition. The 20-year-old suffered a double skull fracture and brain hematoma on February 13 when he was struck in the head by a boat’s propeller while swimming in Caracas, Venezuela.
Feb 23 - 5:27 PM

James Paxton was held out of workouts Monday after landing awkwardly on both of his forearms last week during an agility drill.

The Mariners don't seem overly concerned and Paxton has plenty of time to catch back up with the other starters in camp. The 26-year-old southpaw boasts a 2.66 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 80/36 K/BB ratio in 98 career major league innings. He's a lock for a rotation spot and should carry considerable fantasy value.
Feb 23 - 12:13 PM

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