Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
April 16, 2008 4:32 PM
Posted by Geoff Baker
3:28 p.m.: Just arrived at the ballpark. Will have video of the trip for you in a bit. But first, Brandon Morrow is indeed the pitcher who's been recalled to fill Erik Bedard's roster spot. Morrow had yet to regain all of his command down in Class AA West Tennessee. We'll know in a real hurry whether or not he's ready for the bigs (hint: see whether he can throw strikes).
In other news, Charlton Jimerson cleared waivers and has been signed to a minor league deal. No word yet on which affiliate club he'll be playing for. Assume it will be Tacoma, but who knows?
4:32 p.m. (UPDATE): Just talked to Morrow in the clubhouse. Says he feels better than at any point this year and did plenty of work on a third pitch -- a changeup -- that he can use to keep lefties off-balance. That was a problem for him last season. He tells me he has enough confidence in the pitch to use if often.
Also spoke to J.J. Putz, who is almost certain not to be activated until after this road trip is over.
Putz threw a bullpen session today, lasting eight minutes and 41 pitches. Says he feels good and will throw a simulated game on Saturday in Anaheim. After that, it's anyone's guess.
"You don't want to push it,'' he said. "You just want to stay the course and see what the training staff has for you.''
The team still might opt to send Putz out on a minor league rehabilitation assignment.