• Closer Fernando Rodney will make his first Cactus League appearance Thursday when the Mariners face the White Sox in Glendale. Rodney, 36, has been brought along slowly as per his usual spring schedule, restricted to bullpens and a couple live batting practice sessions to this point.
He'll pitch in relief of Scott Baker, who will make his second spring start. Randy Wolf, the other veteran coming back from Tommy John surgery, will throw Friday against the Reds in Peoria. Both pitchers have felt fine after their initial spring outings and will be extended to three innings this time out.
• Felix Hernandez's next scheduled outing is Sunday against the Rangers in Peoria. The Mariners ace made his first Cactus League start Tuesday with two scoreless frames against the Dodgers.
• The Mariners first ROOT Sports televised game isn't until March 12, but there will be three MLB Network telecasts before then, including live telecasts of Saturday's 6 p.m. PT split-squad game against the Dodgers and a 1 p.m. game Tuesday against the Angels. MLB Network will also show Saturday's split-squad game against the Giants on a tape delay at 1 a.m. Sunday morning.
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.