Good morning! Here are some links to get your day going.
In Mariners news...
- I was listening to Baseball Tonight (as I do every morning) yesterday and...
On today’s ESPN Baseball Tonight podcast, Mike Trout said Seattle was his favorite road city and his favorite park to play in. Well, I know how he can be there more often...— Anders Jorstad (@AndersJorstad) March 6, 2019
This is also entertaining for those who remember James Paxton’s dominance of Trout over the years: Trout says he’s very thankful Pax is out of the division and called him his least favorite pitcher to face— Anders Jorstad (@AndersJorstad) March 6, 2019
- And we’ve got a dump of Mariners injury updates.
Haniger said he tweaked his lower back while doing dead lifts on Sunday. He’s still hitting and doing the pregame stuff. He thinks he will back out there in the next few days— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) March 5, 2019
Anthony Swarzak has progressed to throwing bullpens, will need a couple more before throwing to hitters.— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) March 5, 2019
Sam Tuivailala is expected to throw a bullpen before the Mariners leave for Japan.
Mallex Smith has been cleared to resume workouts. He played catch briefly on Monday. He'll start taking light swings today. Servais admitted that Smith probably won't be ready to play in Japan.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) March 5, 2019
- And if you want a quick peek at M’s camp...
MLB Network's crew was at Mariners camp filming their "30 clubs in 30 days" series from Peoria. Here's a look at how Seattle's camp is shaping up, along with some of the Network's video interviews from today. https://t.co/DcQHstH7Nx— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) March 6, 2019
Around the league...
- Congratulations to Jessica! Apparently, this will not stop her from broadcasting games with ESPN.
- Speaking of New York and media, CC Sabathia will join ESPN as an analyst.
- Uh oh.
Luis Severino was scratched from today's start with right shoulder discomfort. He will undergo further evaluation and examination this afternoon.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) March 5, 2019
- Double uh oh.
- Eno Sarris at The Athletic dissects the Reds’ plan to revitalize the career of Sonny Gray. ($)
- Major League Baseball has ended the ban on deals with players from the Mexican League.
- Max Scherzer decided to bat in a spring training game even though he didn’t have to since the team was allowed to use a DH.
- Salvador Pérez will indeed undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entirety of the 2019 season.
- For all of you college basketball fans: it has happened.
- In some great health & science news, HIV has been completely cured in a patient for the second time ever.