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5 Positive Signs for Seattle Mariners from Spring Training 2014

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5 Positive Signs for Seattle Mariners from Spring Training 2014

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Early during the Spring Training season the little things matter a lot and the big things matter a little. That could be very good news for the Seattle Mariners right now. It is certainly true that their winning ways so far during the spring mean very little but the injuries they have sustained are lessened as well by the time period in which they have occurred. No one likes a nagging injury to a key player but the Mariners have had it happen at the best possible time.

Hisashi Iwakuma has a bad finger on his pitching hand that is bothering him and top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker has an angry shoulder situation. Both pitchers will likely miss the start of the season thanks to the injuries. At least it could be only a start or two that they miss however. The season will not be lost in the first few weeks without these two starters.

Just the timing of these unfortunate happenings is not the only good thing going for the Mariners however. There are a few good situations going on for them that can be taken as positive signs for the season. None of the things listed are huge but again the roles are reversed right now. Little things matter a great deal. That is why managers are running drills like crazy right now.

The same logic applies to the great signs listed about the Mariners spring so far. Little though some of these points might seem, they matter much. Take a look at them and see if you agree or disagree. Feel free to post a comment below voicing your opinion.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – Brandon Maurer Pitching Well

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Especially with the possible injury situation with Walker and Iwakuma, it becomes a very big deal when Maurer looks good on the mound. He has looked good so far and looks to now be a near shoe-in for a starting rotation spot to begin the season at the very least.

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4 – Lloyd McClendon Taking Charge

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McClendon does not appear worried by much that is going on for the Mariners right now. He is showing himself as a very level-headed manager who has things heading in the right direction for his team. It is not going to be an easy road this year for him but he is off to a very good start this spring.

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3 – Felix Hernandez is Present and Healthy

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Because of the situation regarding the two injured starters that were supposed to be towards the top and middle of the rotation, Hernandez being healthy is a huge plus. The team should make sure he focuses on hitting his marks physically and with velocity and that he does not worry so much about pressuring himself to get outs right now. Health is key for him and this team.

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2 – James Paxton is Present and Ready

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Paxton would probably be the first to feel bad for the two pitchers who now will not begin the season but that does give him a great chance to make the most of an opportunity not only now but during the early part of the season. It is a very good sign that he is ready to begin this season with passion to make a spot.

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1 – Scott Baker Has Arrived

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Sure, Baker might not quite be the one that most fans wanted to brag about going into the season but considering the current situation Baker is a great man for the M’s to have around. Watch as he goes through the spring season. It could well be that because of the negative things happening with the Mariners, Baker and company could make this starting rotation much deeper than previously thought.