Across the street, Mexico and Ecuador played a soccer game at the Seahawks’ stadium, and the sound of vuvuzela’s was carrying over to Safeco. They’re annoying on television and worse in person.
By the way, I wasn’t sure how to spell vuvuzela so I Googled, “world cup horn.” It worked.
Anyway, if there’s any news coming out of pregame today it’s that Phil Hughes feels good one day after throwing a 20-pitch bullpen on Friday. He threw all fastballs, then did some light throwing today.
“Everything feels good and it’s pain-free,” he said. “That’s really all I can look at. I just have to make sure I keep having these positive days and no issues and just keep moving in a positive direction. It feels good. That’s all I can say. No pain. No issues.”
Hughes said it was similar to his first time on a mound during the offseason, but he’s assuming the process will move much quicker.
“I have been throwing, sort of, the past month and not coming off not throwing for two and a half months,” he said. “At least I hope so, because I don’t want to sit for another month and a half before I go… When I come in, I ask what I’m doing that day. That’s it. I don’t get too caught up in the schedule.”
Here’s Girardi’s pregame interview.
• About two hours ago, Joe Girardi said he still hadn’t sat down to talk to Eduardo Nunez about his base running last night. Girardi still believes Nunez would have been stuck had his hand not been stuck in the dirt on his slide back into the bag, but Girardi said it shouldn’t have been that close in the first place. “I still think it’s probably too close of a play in that situation,” Girardi said. “You’ve got to make sure that you’re going to be safe.”
• Even though Nunez is a rookie, Girardi said he always has a green light to run. He had a green light last night and stole second base before the deflating pickoff. “There are times that I will shut him down if I feel it is warranted,” Girardi said. “But this is a kid that knows how to steal bases. He’s been successful for us. We saw it in spring training. We saw it last year. This kid is aggressive, and there are things that sometimes you might shut it down, but sometimes guys have a hard time getting a jump when you say, ‘Go.’ Because they’re used to their timing and the great base stealers try to time guys and do those sort of things, so I turn him loose.”
• Girardi said there was never serious consideration of changing the lineup against Felix Hernandez. “This is what we were intending to go with,” he said. “We have some guys that have decent numbers off of Felix, even though last year it seemed like we didn’t score any. I don’t know if we got a run off him last year. Maybe one. These are the guys that have got to get it done.”
• Is Hernandez a discouraging sight for guys who are struggling? “You get a couple hits off of Felix, it might be what gets you going,” Girardi said.
• Ivan Nova seemed calm and relaxed while he was joking with guys in the clubhouse pregame. Girardi didn’t seem too worried about Nova feeling like he has to be perfect because he’s facing Hernandez. “You hope that he takes the attitude that I’m going to shut a team down no matter what,” Girardi said.
• Girardi said there are no new updates on any of the other rehab guys. Only Hughes and Colin Curtis made this trip, and of those two, only Hughes is realistically looking at playing this year.
• Girardi on Robinson Cano: “I think he’s searching a little bit, but he’s run into some bad luck. We didn’t get a lot of hits last night. That’s the bottom line. He gets robbed of an RBI double, and he’s still found ways to get his RBIs, in a sense, but he necessarily hasn’t been on base as much and you go through that. But he’s an important part of our offense.”
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 3B
Justin Smoak 1B
Jack Cust DH
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Adam Kennedy 2B
Miguel Olivo C
Carlos Peguero LF
Brendan Ryan SS
Associated Press photos