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Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.

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March 19, 2008 5:19 PM

Clement, Jimenez among latest cuts

Posted by Geoff Baker

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A look at Brandon Morrow throwing a bullpen session this afternoon that lasted roughly six minutes. Morrow worked with pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre at mainly finding his arm slot and release point again after being sidelined since last week with a fatigued shoulder. Morrow will throw another bullpen on Friday, then could get back into a game by early next week.

"That's not too bad in the big scheme of things,'' Morrow said of the roughly two weeks of action he'd wind up missing this spring.

The team is waiting on a Morrow update before making final bullpen decisions. But some have already been finalized.

Just got word of the latest cuts in Mariners camp and the biggest names out there are catcher Jeff Clement and lefty reliever Cesar Jimenez. Neither is much of a shock, but both had been given outside chances at making the team. Jimenez being sent down to Class AAA means that Eric O'Flaherty will be the team's situational lefty.

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"I've always liked Eric,'' manager John McLaren told me moments ago, confirming that O'Flaherty will indeed be the late-inning lefty. "He's a good competitor. He did a great job for us last year. It looks like he's improved this year. He should only get better.''

Clement will likely be back up with the squad this season. But he wasn't going to supplant Kenji Johjima as the starting catcher, or Jose Vidro as DH (at least not yet). The team wants Clement to play every day, so you knew this was coming.

Right handed pitchers Jon Huber and Sean White were also optioned to Class AAA, along with Clement and Jimenez.

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