A few notes from this morning, and talk with manager Scott Serials:
Paxton will start the minor league game Tuesday. It is his day to start and the big league team has an off day. In preparing for the start of the regular season and getting the rotation set the staff decided to keep trying to keep on schedule. Serials looks to to extend Paxton, get five innings out of him. Last outing he did not get through the third. The issue ultimately is the Paxton-Kearns competition for the number five starter spot.
Luis Sardines will start Monday in centerfield. He is in competition with Shawn O’Malley for the utility IF spot. O’Malley, hitting .556 and doing everything well plays the OF, second and third well. Sardines is considered the better shortstop. The M’s are trying to see if he can serve as a back up outfielder as well. The Ms are looking for max flexibility out of the last position spot.
Stfen Romero, out with back spasms is back in the lineup in left. He is competing with Dane-Ho Lee for the righty spot opposite lefty Adam Lind at first base. Romero has missed about 10 days.
Ianneta has caught most of the SP, learning the new staff but still needs to work with the some of the relievers. A catcher new to a team has a lot to learn in handling, pitch calls etch. To get a day off behind the plate but still get some at bats Ianneta will DH today”.
Ken Griffey Jr. has been in camp the last few days. He spoke to the players as a group earlier in the weekend. He was not talking mechanics.