Shannon Drayer listed the "first string" at practice this morning. If you've played sports, you know this isn't conclusive but is certainly suggestive (maybe 30% suggestive in this case). The first string included... wait for it ... Robinson Cano. Also Kyle Seager. Lind was in the first group. Marte. Then the other two were ... Chris Taylor rather than Sardinas, Jesus Montero rather than Lee, and Taylor taking reps at the 3B position.
DiPoto was quoted to the effect that Dae ho Lee walked by a Joker-sized pyramid of currency to come over here so "we've got to be fair with him." Also that defense is important at 1B; Lee is supposed to be excellent at scooping grounders out of the dirt. DiPoto was not quoted to the effect that he had to be fair with Luis Sardinas or Jesus Montero; putting Montero into the first group might or might not be a seniority/courtesy thing.
But, interestingly, all of the above jibes with the Mariners' published depth chart. Whether it's courtesy, accident or somethin' else, Montero and Taylor are first in line in the drills.
Dr's Diagnosis 1: DiPoto has seemed clear about it. If Lee impresses in camp, he's prolly the RH platoon 1B. Two questions for yer: (1) Does Servais have to start Adam Lind on Opening Day against Cole Hamels? HHMMMmmmm ... and (2) Isn't that peachy-keen, that we get either Jesus Montero or Dae ho Lee as a set role player, an Earl Weaver lefty-masher at 1B?
I think that EITHER Montero or Lee would be a lot of fun to watch, given set roles.
Dr's Diagnosis 2: Chris Taylor had a nice little run in late 2014, competing with Brad Miller for the starting shortstop job DURING live-action major league games. Personally, I'd like to see that again, with Marte. My enthusiasm for Taylor's inside-out, KBIZLT swing is totally undiminished.
Robinson Cano says that his hernia repair surgery has progressed to "tightness" rather than soreness, that after a heavy day of workout the muscles feel ... heavy. What do you make of that?
For what it's worth, I can relate. Dr. D had the mother of all abdominal reconstructions exactly a year ago. A coupla weeks ago, it progressed to "tightness" rather than soreness. From that point, it took about three workouts, and now I trust it. Like, no worries, let's go. Played a flag football tournament last week, six hours, 200 passes as hard as I wanted, next day just felt "heavy" rather than in pain.
So, Dr. Grumpy or G-Money can correct me if I'm wrong, but my own guess would be towards an UP season for Cano physically. Sounds to us, from behind our monitors, like he's ready Freddie.
Tony Zych continues to sail skyward in the M's depth chart. :- D Not cause 'a that, but if you're playing roto, you might want to roster him as a latent closer. The rest of the bullpen depth chart looks just as it should, right down to the 12th name.