03/09/2013 8:00 PM ET
Garland ramps up his comeback efforts
By Greg Johns / MLB.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Veteran right-hander Jon Garland continued his bid to win a rotation spot with the Mariners with a strong three-inning outing in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch.
Garland, who hasn't pitched in a regular-season game since having shoulder surgery in 2011 when he was with the Dodgers, threw three innings of one-run ball with two hits and one walk. Garland, 33, has now allowed one run and five hits in six innings of Cactus League play in three outings.
"We're looking at him as a guy in here competing to make our club," manager Eric Wedge said. "He's been very impressive. I think today was his best day and he continues to push forward. As we continue to extend these starting pitchers, particularly the ones fighting to be on the ballclub, that's important to see."
The 12-year veteran acknowledged he's had to take an aggressive approach this spring as he comes in on a Minor League contract as a non-roster invitee.
"It's a lot different," he said, "because in the back of your mind you know you're fighting for a spot and trying to make the team, so you're going out there with every intention to try to put up as many zeroes and make as many pitches as you can.
"At the same time, you still want to try to work on some pitches and maybe throw a pitch in a certain count that you normally wouldn't. So it's a little weird, but it's good. It's good to get the juices flowing and get back in the swing of things."
Garland said Saturday's outing was a big step for him as he's wondered how his shoulder would react to throwing multiple innings.
"It really is because that was my main concern coming in," he said. "I was able to throw a bullpen, sit down, get up, throw, sit down, get up. But until you get that hitter in there and get the adrenaline going and get in that game situation where you're putting a little more effort behind it, it's definitely starting to build the confidence in my mind on that matter."
If Garland continues pitching well and proving himself healthy, he could provide the Mariners an interesting rotation option. Beyond Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and Joe Saunders, Seattle doesn't have any veteran starters.
"He obviously knows how to pitch," said Wedge. "He's down, he's able to manipulate the baseball and he knows what he's trying to do out there. He threw the ball great today."
Bay's home run highlights 'B' game win
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Right fielder Jason Bay hit a three-run home run in the first inning as the Mariners topped the Padres, 6-3, in an informal six-inning 'B' game Saturday morning at Peoria Stadium.
Bay's opposite-field launch over the 385-foot fence in right-center continued his strong spring start, but won't count in Cactus League statistics since "B" games are unofficial. Bay is hitting .400 with two home runs and four RBIs in 15 official at-bats. He went 1-for-2 with two walks in Saturday's non-counter.
The Mariners scheduled the extra contest after Friday's game was canceled in the fourth inning by rain, leaving some of their pitchers needing extra work.
Veteran left-hander Joe Saunders gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits in 2 2/3 innings while throwing 53 pitches. Logan Bawcom pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief, allowing three hits and no runs with a walk and two strikeouts, while Danny Farquhar struck out two in a perfect sixth inning.
The Padres threw several young pitching prospects in the game, with Seattle pounding lefty Robbie Erlin for four runs on six hits and an error in the first before the inning was halted with no outs because Erlin had reached his pitch limit. Erlin pitched in Double-A last year.
San Diego's Jonathan Galvez hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run off Saunders in the first when left fielder Eric Thames and center fielder Francisco Martinez nearly collided as the ball bounded high off the fence in left-center and rolled halfway back to the infield.
Jesus Montero tripled for Seattle in the third inning on a blast off the right-center field wall, while Vinnie Catricala went 2-for-2 with a walk.
Carraway to make first spring start Sunday
PEORIA, Ariz. - Andrew Carraway, a 26-year-old right-hander in his first Major League camp, will make his first Cactus League start Sunday when the Mariners host the White Sox at Peoria Stadium.
The former Virginia standout has made three relief appearances this spring and is thrilled to be getting the first call for what is expected to be a two-inning stint on Sunday.
"You never know in this game because everything is so uncertain," Carraway said, "so you take something like that and just give it everything you can and see what happens next. It's really cool to get to do that. I'm very fortunate and very happy just to be in this clubhouse, so I'm very excited about that opportunity."
Carraway, a 12th-round Draft pick in 2009, made the jump to Tacoma early last season after starting out 4-0 with a 2.61 ERA in Double-A Jackson. He went 5-7 with a 4.66 ERA in 20 starts with the Rainiers and now is soaking up everything he can in his first Major League camp.
In his three Cactus League appearances, he's given up one run in four innings for a 2.25 ERA with four hits, one walk and two strikeouts.
"This has been a great experience," he said. "It's a really good place to get your work in. There's so much support here, it's really cool being in the clubhouse with all these guys that have been there and won in the big leagues. I'm learning a lot."
Romero taking time with strained oblique
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Mariners infielder Stefen Romero said Saturday he'll be taking it "week-by-week" after straining his left oblique muscle Friday while striking out during Seattle's rain-canceled game against the A's.
Romero, 24, didn't offer a specific time frame, but those type of injuries to the stomach muscles are problematic for baseball players and will likely sideline him at least the rest of Spring Training.
Romero had gone 4-for-5 with two home runs and seven RBIs a day earlier against the Royals, but was removed from Friday's game immediately after swinging through an off-speed pitch for a third strike in his first at-bat against Oakland's A.J. Griffin.
"It was so surreal, going from cloud nine to just the bottom," Romero said. "But I just have to take it day-by-day and just continue to get better every day and just focus on positive thoughts. Everything happens for a reason."
But Romero acknowledged it would likely be more than a matter of days before his return.
"You don't want to rush these things because it's vital, especially as a baseball player because you produce so much torque with running and hitting and throwing," he said. "If you rush it too soon, you're back at ground zero. So I just need to rest."
Manager Eric Wedge declined to put a time on Romero's potential absence.
"We're not sure yet," Wedge said. "We'll continue to see how he feels as he progresses through this week. It's going to be a little while. I had a good conversation with him today. It's tough for a young man to go through something like that, but we've all had to do it.
"Like I told him, it's just a bump in the road. The guy does everything he could to prepare, he's in great shape, great attitude, great persona and a good baseball player. He was probably coming off the best baseball day he's had at this level, so it's unfortunate. But he'll be back sooner than later."
• Felix Hernandez is scheduled to make his second start of the spring on Tuesday when the Mariners host the Diamondbacks at 1:05 p.m. at Peoria Stadium. Hernandez is on schedule to make four more spring starts before making his sixth Opening Day start on April 1 in Oakland.
• Outfielder Casper Wells was scratched from Saturday morning's 'B' game with a stiff neck. He was replaced by Francisco Martinez, who has been playing center field all spring after being moved from third base.