Martin, Marte close to returning to Mariners

Martin, Marte close to returning to Mariners

SAN DIEGO -- Injured Mariners center fielder Leonys Martin took batting practice on Wednesday at Petco Park and was hitting the ball with authority as he continued working back from a strained left hamstring that has sidelined him the past week.

Martin hurt his leg while stealing second base last Wednesday and will be on the 15-day disabled list at least through June 10.

"He looked good," manager Scott Servais said. "It's not bothering him at all. The plan is to get him out and start jogging a little once he gets to Texas [on Friday]. They're going to put him through some more tests today and strengthening work on the hamstring, but he feels good."

Martin will work out with the team through its current road trip this week, then likely play a few Minor League rehab games before rejoining the club during the next homestand.

Marte rehabbing in Tacoma

Shortstop Ketel Marte -- on the DL with a sprained left thumb -- played his second rehab game on Wednesday with Triple-A Tacoma and went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in six innings at shortstop in the Rainiers' 5-1 victory over Salt Lake at Cheney Stadium.

"He played well," Servais said. "He's 100 percent, felt great coming out of the game, so thumbs up there. Keep moving ahead."

The plan with Marte is to play two more games at Tacoma on Thursday and Friday against Salt Lake, then travel with the team to Las Vegas for the first game of that series on Saturday before rejoining the Mariners to face the Indians on Monday, when he's eligible to come off the DL.

Showing their roots

Servais had the Mariners' players and coaches decked out in attire they felt represented where they came from in life on the team flight to San Diego on Tuesday night, and the result was some unique and colorful outfits.

Many of the players went with sports themes from their colleges or home states, from Adam Lind's Indiana University basketball warmups to Steve Johnson's suit designed from a Maryland state flag. Robinson Cano dressed up as a sugar cane farmer from the Dominican and Nick Vincent returned to his native San Diego wearing swimming trunks and flip flops.

"The effort the veteran guys put in, they had fun with it," Servais said. "I thought Steve Johnson and the Maryland stuff was awesome. Adam Lind was really good. Robbie Cano's effort was outstanding. A number of guys -- Dae-Ho Lee was really good, Nori Aoki was good. Even Yosh [athletic trainer Yoshino Nakazawa], the massage guy, got into it a little with the Karate Kid stuff. It was really good. It was better than I thought it would be. It's all about the effort and guys wanting to be a part of it, which is great."

Servais, a native of Wisconsin and a Packers season ticket holder, wore a bright green suit and Green Bay garb.

"It was the first time some of the Dominicans had ever seen a cheesehead," he said with a laugh.

Servais said the "theme" trip idea will only fly once in a while, but he might re-visit it with a slightly different idea late in the season just to keep things light.

"You want to have fun," he said. "It helps when you're eight or nine games over .500. But would I have done it if we were eight or nine games under .500? Yes. And hope that sparked us. That's the way I would look at it."

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.