• New closer Fernando Rodney gave up two hits and two runs (one earned) with a walk and two strikeouts in another shaky outing, but McCLendon said he wasn't concerned despite the veteran's 15.75 ERA -- with nine hits and seven earned runs in four innings -- after four outings.
"The fact is, most closers stink in Spring Training," McClendon said. "They pitch in the fifth, sixth innings. It's tough. They're a different animal and it's hard to get their adrenaline going. We just need to keep getting him out there and getting his work in."
• Second baseman Robinson Cano is now slated to rejoin the Mariners on Wednesday morning and play in Wednesday's game against the Brewers in Peoria, according to McClendon. Cano flew home to the Dominican Republic on Friday and has missed four Cactus League games while dealing with a personal issue.
• Right-handed reliever Stephen Pryor threw his second live batting practice session on Tuesday as he continues his return from surgery to repair a torn latissimus dorsi muscle in his shoulder last August.
• Maurer played catch from 75 feet on Monday, then extended that out further on Tuesday as he works his way back from a sore back and neck that have sidelined him the past week. Maurer has thrown in just two Cactus League games this spring.
• Former outfielder Jay Buhner is now in camp to work with both Major and Minor League hitters. He joins Edgar Martinez, who arrived on Sunday, and the two Mariners Hall of Famers will continue as special instructors through this week.
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