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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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April 13, 2008 5:26 PM

Gloomy day at The Safe

Posted by Larry Stone

Remember how good everyone was feeling after Saturday night's win, the second in a row over the Angels? Now, not so much.

For starters, there was the 10-5 loss Sunday, one of the few games this year tthe Mariners have been blown out. Of course, there's the lingering concern over the health of Erik Bedard. If he's out long-term, that's a major blow to their playoff hopes. Even if he's cleared to pitch this week, you have to wonder if this hip injury is going to be a lingering thing. Not the sort of feeling you want to have about the guy brought in, at great cost, to be your ace.

There's the hamstring injury that kept Adrian Beltre -- another huge key for this team -- out of the lineup on Sunday. And a new injury cropped up during the game. Mike Morse had his left shoulder in a sling afterward, the result of his dive in the sixth inning. He has what is being called a sublexation of his left shoulder. Basically, it popped out when he hit the ground, then popped back in. He was going to have an MRI tonight. He could be headed for the DL. Even if not, you have to wonder how much more outfield time Morse will be getting. He struggled out there today, particuarly on the double by Howie Kendrick, a catchable ball that sailed over his head in the fifth when the game was still relatively tight.

Finally, there is the continuing struggles of Eric O'Flaherty, who gave up eight hits and six runs in 2 2/3 innings -- and had his ERA remain at 20.25. McLaren left him in the game today in hopes that he would figure things out, but it was another rough outing. McLaren said the brain trust was planning to meet later in the evening to discuss various issues. Obviously, one issue will be what do with O'Flaherty. No doubt Tacoma will be an option. They also may need to import some short-term long relief help now that Baek has been burned.

And now that the Angels are gone, things don't get any easier. The mighty Royals are coming to town.
It might not last, but they're looking great so far, with the best starting pitching in the American League.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if there are some new faces when we get to the ballpark tomorrow.

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