Todays News And A Quick Thought

Cesar Jimenez is optioned to Tacoma.

Tom Wilhelmsen, Josh Lueke, Aaron Laffey make the team.

It’s offical Franklin Gutierrez is on the DL but is eldigable to come off as soon as April 6th (the day I see the Mariners play the Rangers *fingers crossed*).

In order to free up a roster spot Mauricio Robles will go on the 60-day DL.

The Mariners also announced yesterday that the starting rotation is going to be Felix, Vargas, Fister, Bedard and Pineda.

While not entirely assumed we all kind of had an idea that this was how it was going to shape up. The only problem I really have with it is of course the fact you have Bedard and Pineda back-to-back. This has the potential to tax the bullpen over the course of the season.

Rather than pitching the lefties (Vargas then Bedard) back-to-back they have chosen to put Fister in the middle. It’s obvious that the Mariners are going to limit both Bedard and Pineda’s innings this year and that’s smart. It just seems that it would also be smart to play into a situation where you elveate stress on a bullpen that despite the additions of Chris Ray, Lueke and Wilhelmsen looks to be rather thin.

Tags: Aaron Laffey Cesar Jimenez Chris Ray Doug Fister Erik Bedard Felix Hernandez Franklin Gutierrez Jason Vargas Josh Lueke Mauricio Robles Michael Pineda Tom Wilhelmsen

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