Day-after reports on Lee are good
Lefty threw 25 pitches in the bullpen before Friday's game
ARLINGTON -- Cliff Lee reported no problems after throwing 25 pitches in the bullpen before Friday's game.
"He's real good," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said.
Lee, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lower abdominal muscle, will throw again before Sunday's game, this time for 45 pitches.
Injured left-hander Erik Bedard will also throw 45 pitches Sunday. Wakamatsu said Saturday that Bedard is also ahead of schedule, like Lee, but won't be rushed.
"It's the same scenario," Wakamatsu said. "Once we get them back, we want to keep them here."
Wakamatsu hasn't talked to Bradley
ARLINGTON -- Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said he hasn't seen enough evidence in regard to two incidents involving Milton Bradley with Texas fans on Friday night to have a discussion with the controversial outfielder.
Various media outlets reported that Bradley made an obscene gesture toward fans in the outfield in the fourth inning of Friday's loss to the Rangers. After he popped out in the eighth, The Associated Press reported that Bradley "glared for about 10 seconds" at fans who were jeering at him from behind the dugout.
"I didn't see it so I can't comment until I see it," Wakamatsu said. "I didn't talk to him, no. Somebody said there's some video of it, and once I see that, we'll obviously talk."
Bradley, who didn't appear at his locker in the visitor's clubhouse after Friday's game, is off to a rough start, batting .059 for the season. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Friday.
"He's putting a lot of pressure on himself," Wakamatsu said.
Wakamatsu, who mentioned playing with Barry Bonds when asked about Bradley becoming a possible distraction, said veterans on the Mariners won't let it happen.
"It's about the club, it's not about things not pertaining to baseball," Wakamatsu said.
Figgins sees opportunities behind Ichiro
ARLINGTON -- Chone Figgins is off to a 3-for-17 start entering Saturday batting second behind Ichiro Suzuki, but the new Mariners second baseman forsees a lot of chances to raise his .176 average.
"He runs a lot," Figgins said. "I like hitting behind someone that does that. I like to run, too."
Figgins said the hit-and-run possibilties are there in addition to the distraction he causes on the basespaths.
Figgins also said that he has faith in the hitters batting behind him. Casey Kotchman has been batting third when a right-hander starts, and Franklin Gutierrez has hit there with a lefty starter.
ARLINGTON -- Franklin Gutierrez was riding a 10-game hitting streak entering Saturday's game. That streak extends to the last five games of the 2009 season. He is batting .378 with five doubles and five RBIs during the streak. ... The Mariners have already played three games decided by one or two runs, which is nothing new. They had 86 of their 162 games last year decided by one or two runs.
Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.