Mariners Caravan gets underway

Relief pitcher Furbush scheduled to appear during Week 1

Mariners Caravan gets underway

SEATTLE -- Relief pitcher Charlie Furbush is scheduled to appear during the first week of the 2015 Mariners Caravan when it hits the road starting Tuesday, Jan. 6.

The three-week Winter Caravan will make stops in about two dozen communities across the Northwest between Jan. 6-23, hosting numerous elementary school assemblies and Boys & Girls Club appearances as well as several free public autograph and photo sessions.

Relievers Danny Farquhar and Dominic Leone, outfielder James Jones, catcher Mike Zunino and starting pitcher James Paxton are tentatively scheduled for appearances on the team's annual Winter Caravan.

The first week of the tour begins in Bremerton and Silverdale in Kitsap County, Wash., and will feature Furbush along with announcer Rick Rizzs and the Mariners Moose. The tour will eventually make its way as far north as Vancouver, B.C., south to Portland, Ore., and east to Spokane, Wash.

Day 1 stops on Jan. 6 will include a public autograph session at the Kitsap Naval Base from 12:30-1:30 p.m. PT, followed by a D.R.E.A.M. Team assembly for students at Silverdale Elementary from 2:30-3 p.m. and an appearance at the Henry T. Schatz Branch Boys & Girls Club in Tacoma from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

The first week of the tour will also include stops in Lacey, Longview and Vancouver, Wash., as well as Portland.

A schedule of public appearances for the Caravan is available at www.mariners.com/caravan. It will be updated regularly with events and activities.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.