Jim Street, of MLB.com, reports the results of Seattle Mariners OF Ichiro Suzuki’s (stomach) blood test were encouraging Wednesday, April 8. As a result, he will see some action in an extended Spring Training game Thursday, April 9. Suzuki will receive at least four at-bats in the game Thursday and he could receive up to 10 at-bats during his rehab assignment. Manager Don Wakamatsu said Suzuki took 75 pitches during batting practice Wednesday and hit 20 home runs.
Our Instinct: Wakamatsu told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times ”I don’t think he’s at 100 percent yet, but he’s close. After playing in the games, we’ll see how he reacts and whether his energy level comes back up or goes back down.”
Baker continued to write that it’s not certain whether Ichiro will join his teammates in Oakland or meet up with them in Seattle. There is talk that Ichiro will work out at Safeco Field on Monday, but that’s yet to be finalized.
This doesn’t look like something that will linger during the season with Ichiro.