• Right fielder Corey Hart sat out for the fourth straight day Thursday due to tightness in his lower back, but McClendon said he expects Hart to return Friday against the Rockies.
• Right-handed reliever Stephen Pryor is "throwing extremely well," McClendon said, as he continues coming back from surgery to repair his latissimus dorsi muscle last September. McClendon said "I wouldn't think it's out of the realm of possibility" for Pryor to take the mound in a game at some point this spring after throwing well in his most recent simulated outing.
• After starting the spring 0-for-16 at the plate, outfielder Stefen Romero has gone 8-for-15 with two doubles, two triples and a home run to raise his Cactus League average to .258.
• Alisia Anderson, who has extensive experience in meeting planning, convention sales and special events, has joined the Mariners as director of ballpark sales and marketing for Safeco Field. The Penn State graduate spent seven years at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas before moving to Seattle in 2013 to take a position with the Red Lion Hotel in Seattle.
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