"The pitches feel good coming out of my hand. My split had good action today. I got ground balls, which is good," he said.Putz started the seventh inning by walking Cesar Izturis on four pitches, but he pitched Alfonso Soriano and Jacque Jones into groundouts after Izturis was caught stealing. The coaching and training staffs are keeping tabs on how Putz feels, but Hargrove said he doesn't think Putz's regular-season status will change. "If he stiffens up tonight or tomorrow, we'll know what way we have to go. But I don't anticipate that being the case," Hargrove said. Thin desert air: Seattle's bats came back to life following the team's struggles in two split-squad games on Thursday. After combining for one run and nine hits in both losses, Seattle got eight hits and five runs, including two-run homers by Jose Guillen and Adrian Beltre on Friday. Hitting coach Jeff Pentland said the team is where he wants it to be at the plate. "We wanted them to be taking more pitches, getting into the count more, and we've accomplished that," he said. "Our situational hitting was far better than it has been. Our walk total is a little bit better, and our patience is a little bit better." Guillen rolls: Fans who watched Friday's game may have noticed Guillen pull up a little lame after catching a fly ball to end the Cubs' ninth inning. Hargrove said Guillen rolled his ankle earlier in the game and was fine. "We'll check," Hargrove said. "I don't think it's anything serious, but we'll see." Rise and shine: The Mariners' long road out of Spring Training continues at 1:05 p.m. PT on Saturday with another game against the Cubs. Horacio Ramirez is scheduled to start for Seattle, and Jason Marquis is expected to start for Chicago.
Nick Christensen is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.