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March 4, 2009 3:33 PM

Pre-game notes --- Griffey to get at least two ABs

Posted by Bob Condotta

Saying he felt especially refreshed after almost 48 hours off, Mariner manager Don Wakamatsu met the media here a little while ago and said that Ken Griffey Jr. will get at least two at-bats today.

From there, he said "we'll see how he feels.'' Same, he said, with Yuniesky Betancourt.

Both are likely to get the day off Thursday when the Mariners are scheduled to host the Angels here in Peoria.


--- Pitcher Ryan Feierabend had surgery today but as of about 3:30 Seattle time, there was still no update on whether he had the full Tommy John surgery. The expectation was that he would need it, and that it would be done today. But there was a chance that the doctors would go in and make another determination. The Mariners are still waiting on the call to get complete details. Feierabend has battled elbow problems since the beginning of last season and a diagnosis last week revealed a larger tear and the likely necessity of surgery.

--- First-round pick Josh Fields threw about 30 pitches today against minor league hitters,m his first live action this spring. Wakamatsu said Fields was "excited. He threw hard and looked aggressive. Exactly what we thought we'd see at this point. Try to get him one or two more of those and then get him in a game at some point. ... It's the first time he's faced hitters in a while so he was rushing it up there a little bit quick. But he's got a good-looking arm and a good breaking ball.''

--- Also on the injury front, OF Freddy Guzman had hamate surgery today but should return in 3-4 weeks. Wakamatsu said "it went well.''

--- Utility man Mike Morse is back to full health --- "he said he feels like a new man,'' Wakamatsu said --- though he still hasn't regained all of the nine pounds he lost battling the flu over the weekend.,

--- OF Wladimir Balentien is in the lineup a few days ahead of schedule. Wakamatsu said that "once he passed that second shuttle thing we figured he was ready to go.'' After showing up late due to visa issues, Balentien failed a conditioning test on the first day but passed it on the second. He should get at least two at-bats tonight.

--- Starter Garrett Olson is slated to pitch two innings tonight and Jason Vargas is also scheduled to get two.

We'll have a running game thread tonight --- promise it will be updated better than the one the other day --- including full coverage of all of Griffey's at-bats.

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