The Mariners' star right fielder has been out with a bleeding ulcer, but yesterday afternoon the team announced that docs have cleared him for designated hitter duties in spring training games with minor leaguers, where he'll face pitching on par with that of Carlos Silva. (Ichiro's on track to return to the lineup next Wednesday, though he could join the team earlier.)
Silva, if you'll recall, is the guy who bitched that Ichiro didn't do his job last year, though Ichiro played well and Silva was awful. Well, despite getting himself in better shape for this season, Silva sucked just as badly in his slimmed-down debut last night. Geoff Baker assures us Silva will get better, and for once, he and Dave Cameron agree.