LAS VEGAS -- While the Mariners are in Las Vegas, right-hander Chris Reitsma is presumably back home in Calgary, Canada. Reitsma, who had right elbow surgery last year, walked out of the Mariners camp on Wednesday in Peoria, Ariz., when he was told he was not going to make the Opening Day roster. The Mariners, however, wanted Reitsma to continue his throwing program in the Minors. Mariners manager John McLaren said on Friday night that he has not heard from Reitsma since he left.
"I would think he's home now and evaluating the situation, but hopefully, he'll come back," McLaren said. Reitsma, 30, pitched only 23 2/3 innings last year. After starting well in Spring Training, he gave up eight hits and four runs against the Brewers and Rangers in his final two appearances. "We sat down and had a heart-to-heart for a long time," McLaren said. "I think he knows how we feel. I don't think there is anything else I can say that we did not say to him. I'm not afraid to pick up the phone, but I don't know if I can say anymore than I've already told him." In other news, McLaren was pleased with R.A. Dickey's knuckleball on Friday, when he allowed just one hit in five scoreless innings at San Francisco. "It moved good," McLaren said. "He threw a lot of pitches, but it danced more." Outfielder Brad Wilkerson was hit by a pitch on his elbow on Thursday and was not in the lineup on Friday against the Cubs. "It's a little sore," McLaren said, but he does not believe there will be any lingering effect. McLaren was proven right when Wilkerson hit a long pinch-hit homer to right field in the eighth inning of Friday's game.
Alan Eskew is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.