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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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June 25, 2008 8:28 PM

The Batista problem

Posted by Larry Stone

The Mariners have to figure out what to do with Miguel Batista, who has had ongoing command problems this season that were as bad as ever tonight. My hunch is that he'll end up on the disabled list. Batista said after the game that his back continues to bother him. Check out his pointed quote:

"This is frustrating. It's embarrassing. I'm supposed to be helping the team win, but the way I'm pitching, it's not helping. I have to make sure I get myself healthy before I go out there again, because I'm the only guy trying to pitch through it. Everybody else, every time they feel pain, they go on the DL, or they take a rest, and I haven't."

That sounds like a guy headed to the DL, doesn't it? And if not, Batista probably is headed to the bullpen, which R.A. Dickey earning a start in his spot with Tuesday's stint of seven shutout innings.

The bullpen pitched great tonight, but Batista had already dug too deep a hole.

Gotta go catch a cab back to Manhattan, so I'll bid farewell for this trip. But I'll be back here down the road, I promise. Remember, we'll always have Atlanta.

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