M’s Hold Press Confererences, Adam Kennedy Arrested
The Mariners held a press briefing with a bunch of different updates today. The highlights:
The Mariners get three extra home games this year, as the road series in Florida is being moved to Seattle due to the Marlins home stadium being used for a U2 concert. The games will be played under NL rules, and the Mariners will be the “road” team, so no DH, and the M’s will hit first. Should be a fun change-up for three days. How lousy are the Marlins, though, that they would skip a home interleague series because they’d rather rent out the park for a music event?
Erik Bedard will throw bullpen sessions before spring training starts. They’re optimistic about his timeframe.
David Aardsma may be ready by the second week of the season.
Shawn Kelley may be ready by June 1st.
Dustin Ackley has gained eight or nine pounds, as Pedro Grifol is convinced that he’ll be a major league second baseman.
Oh, and while it wasn’t on the agenda, Adam Kennedy was arrested for suspicion of a DUI last night. The M’s won’t comment, but you can’t imagine they’re all that happy with him.