Notes: Mariners trim down roster
Club reassigns seven players to Minor League camp
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Mariners bench coach John McLaren has been the bearer of bad news for several years and it never gets easier.When a player becomes a roster casualty during Spring Training, Mac's usually the one that initiates a one-sided conversation that leads to a long walk from the clubhouse locker to the manager's office. "It's not a fun time," McLaren said on Friday. "Most of the guys probably knew it was coming, but it's still tough to tell them, 'Skip wants to see you.'" The Mariners on Friday made their second significant cut of this camp. Seven players went to the Minor Leagues: catchers Jeff Clement and Rob Johnson, infielders Michael Garciaparra, Bryan LaHair and Oswaldo Navarro and outfielders Michael Wilson and Wladimir Balentien. The cuts leave the Mariners with 43 players in camp, including 11 non-roster invitees. To make room for a non-roster player on the 25-man Opening Day roster, the organization must remove someone from the 40-man roster. McLaren threw a changeup at one of Friday's roster cuts, telling him to, "Report to the principal's office." Good vibes: Among the players sent out, Hargrove said first baseman LaHair and catchers Clement and Johnson drew the most attention. LaHair went 12-for-31 during his first big-league camp.
Up next: The Mariners attempt to improve their Cactus League record against American League West opponents to 4-0 on Saturday with a game against the Rangers at Peoria Stadium at 1:05 p.m. PT. Left-hander Horacio Ramirez takes a 0.00 ERA into the tilt and is scheduled to go five or six innings, depending on his pitch count.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.