Cactus League Game 20, M’s at Rangers
According to the press notes, this is a lineup that we will be sending against Neftali Feliz.
SS Jack Wilson
3B L. Rodriguez
Fabio Castro is 5’7. Every time he takes the mound, in my mind, the game is being called by Myron Reducto. That aside, he’s actually pitched quite well this spring and currently has a 6/1 K/BB and only three hits allowed in five innings. The arms available in the bullpen will be RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, RHP Justin Miller, RHP Chris Ray, LHP Cesar Jimenez, and LHP Royce Ring, along with minor leaguers who may or may not see time like RHP Scott Patterson, RHP Jarrett Grube, and LHP Brian Moran. I don’t have as many remarks about them, aside from “This could be their chance to prove they belong in the bullpen,” etc.
A short time ago, via the Twitter, the Mariners announced that LHP Mauricio Robles is going under the knife to remove some loose bodies in the elbow and he will be out a few weeks. It’s a loss of playing time for Robles, but the one inning I remember him pitching showed diminished velocity and even worse command than usual, so I was concerned that he may have required surgery of a more career-threatening variety. Bone chip removal in baseball is surprisingly common for something that you don’t generally think about happening in any other profession.