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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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February 25, 2009 9:00 AM

Feierabend having elbow surgery

Posted by Geoff Baker

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File this one under the "uh-oh!'' category as the Mariners revealed moments ago that left handed pitcher Ryan Feierabend will undergo elbow surgery. Feierabend had soreness in his elbow after throwing, underwent an MRI and some ligament damage was discovered.

"It showed something,'' manager Don Wakamatsu said. "Not a total tear or anything like that but it's going to be a while.''

Indeed it likely will be. Anytime you hear the words "elbow'' and "surgery'' in regard to a pitcher, it's not a good thing.

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Feierabend had been a longshot to make this team as either a bullpen long man or a situational lefty. But he was also a potential trade component for a Mariners squad that might have to package younger players together as part of any trade efforts of some veterans. At age 23, already entering his seventh professional season, Feierabend's career with the Mariners might already be over before it ever really got started. But we'll have to wait and see.

Another injury to note: outfielder Freddy Guzman, a non-roster invite to camp, fractured the hammate bone in his right hand fouling off a pitch in the final inning of yesterday's intra squad game. He'll have surgery next week and is out 4-to-6 weeks.

I spoke to Adrian Beltre this morning and he told me he had yet to make a decision on playing in the WBC. Wakamatsu had another conversation with him today and will be sticking Beltre in tomorrow's Cactus League opener (there's a Charity Game today) against San Diego ahead of schedule. Wakamatsu and Beltre both want to see how healthy his shoulder is before making a call.

"Our dialogue right now is, I don't want him to jeapordize anything for the club or for himself,'' Wakamatsu said.

Wakamatsu admitted he likely would not have played Beltre in tomorrow's game had this WBC decision been looming.

"Probably not,'' he said. "I think it's just coming down to the wire where he has to test it.''

By the way, here are the lineups for today's first game of the spring between Seattle and San Diego:

Seattle Mariners:

10 Endy Chavez LF
3 Ronny Cedeno SS
9 Jeff Clement C
12 Mike Morse RF
30 Russell Branyan DH
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
39 Bryan LaHair 1B
27 Matt Tuiasosopo 3B
1 Reegie Corona 2B
18 Ryan Rowland-Smith LHP

Other Pitchers:
49 Garrett Olson LHP
63 Chris Seddon LHP
60 Justin Thomas LHP
48 Roy Corcoran RHP
26 Randy Messenger RHP
46 Sean White RHP
53 David Aardsma RHP
20 Denny Stark RHP
57 Mark Lowe RHP
68 Stephen Kahn RHP

San Diego Padres:

12 Scott Hairston CF
3 David Eckstein 2B
23 Adrian Gonzalez 1B
5 Kevin Kouzmanoff DH
7 Chase Headley LF
2 Edgar Gonzalez 3B
25 Will Venable RF
4 Nick Hundley C
15 Luis Rodriguez SS
44 Jake Peavy RHP

Other Pitchers:
21 Heath Bell RHP
43 Cla Meredith RHP
78 Chris Britton RHP
57 Wilton Lopez RHP
41 Mark Worrell RHP
40 Scott Patterson RHP
56 Mike Ekstrom RHP
82 Oneli Perez RHP

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