The Twitter feed was nothing less than entertaining the last 24 hours. The Mariners have officially released starting pitchers Randy Wolf and Scott Baker. In what appeared to be a solid five man rotation heading into the regular season, it now looks as if the Mariners pitching staff is busted right before they’re ready to break camp.
Iwakuma is still questionable and it’s looking like Blake Beavan might find himself closer to a starting role after Wolf was cut. So what does that mean for the 25-man roster and the future of the Mariners this season? Who will nail down the other rotation spots?
“I think it’s just a matter of logistics at this point,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “We’ll get a couple of things ironed out. But for the most part, I think we’re dwindling down.” said McClendon in a recent interview.
Iwakuma threw a baseball Monday for the first time in camp, while Walker is slotted to work three innings Tuesday in a minor league game. Barring setbacks, both could be ready by mid-to-late April.
“It will all become clear,” McClendon said, “in the next day or two.”
Huh. Well, I sure hope so, Skipper.
The Mariners looked solid going into Spring Training with the offensive bats really stepping up. Now the team is facing it’s usual pitching woes.