Worth noting

• With third-base coach John Stearns sidelined 4-6 weeks following hernia surgery this week, Triple-A Tacoma manager Rich Donnelly moved into that role for Thursday's Cactus League opener. But McClendon said no final decision has been made on how that will play out.

"[General manager] Jack [Zduriencik] and I are still talking about options and things we can do," McClendon said.

• The Mariners' first four Cactus League games will be carried live on 710 ESPN Seattle radio. The first televised game on ROOT Sports won't be until March 12 when the Mariners host the Cubs in a night game in Peoria. There will be seven televised games on ROOT this spring.

James Paxton gets the start in Friday's game against the Padres, with Scott Baker starting on Saturday against the Angels and Randy Wolf scheduled to open Sunday's game against the Indians in Goodyear, Ariz.

• The final 11 Mariners players who needed to finalize contracts came to terms on Thursday -- pitchers Bobby LaFromboise, Lucas Luetge, Brandon Maurer, Hector Noesi, Stephen Pryor, Erasmo Ramirez and Taijuan Walker; catcher Jesus Sucre; and infielders Brad Miller, Jesus Montero and Carlos Triunfel.

• Joe Myhra, who served as director of maintenance for Safeco Field since 2008, has been named vice president of ballpark operations by Mariners. Myhra succeeds Scott Jenkins, who left the club this month to become general manager of the new Atlanta Stadium being built by the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.

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.