For the second year in a row, Ichiro's playing time volume took a big hit, as he appeared in 136 games, but logged a career-low 215 plate appearances. When it was all said and done, 2017 marked the second time in three years that he graded out as a below replacement-level player. A complete roster tear-down was underway at press time, with Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna traded out of Miami, but it doesn't make much sense for the rebuilding club to give a 44-year-old playing time in any capacity, unless they feel his value in the clubhouse and as a model of work ethic would benefit their younger players. The Marlins declined a $2 million option for 2018, so it appears as though Ichiro is nearing the end of a Hall of Fame worthy career, even though he's expressed a desire to continue playing. Even if another club is willing to bring him in as a bench player, he seems unlikely to pick up more than 200 plate appearances this season.
Suzuki (head) is not in the lineup for Saturday's spring game against the against the Cubs, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Suzuki, who was forced to leave Friday's spring game after being hit in the head by a pitch, has cleared all necessary concussion tests but remains sidelined for the time being. Manager Scott Servais is hopeful the veteran outfielder will be ready to go by Opening Day, but noted the team is prepared to turn to Guillermo Heredia should Suzuki be unable to play.
Suzuki (head) is "doing well" and could potentially play against the Cubs on Saturday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Suzuki was forced to leave Friday's game after getting plunked in the head by a pitch but appeared to be in good spirits in the clubhouse after the game. He was evaluated by team doctors immediately following his removal, and will be once again Saturday, in order to determine his availability for this weekend. All things considered, it looks like the 44-year-old escaped this incident without too much damage.
Suzuki walked off the field after taking a pitch to the helmet during Friday's minor-league game, TJ Cotterill of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. Suzuki went down for a few moments and was briefly attended to by team trainers before exiting to go to the clubhouse. On a positive note, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times noted that he laughed a little as he was getting checked out, so the issue doesn't appear to be anything too serious. Expect an update on Suzuki's status once he's able to undergo some tests.
Suzuki (calf) struck out in both of his plate appearances during Wednesday's 7-4 Cactus League win over the Brewers. He's now uncharacteristically whiffed in four of his first seven spring at-bats. In manager Scott Servais' mind, that's likely a byproduct of a tenure that was rather quickly interrupted by the calf injury, which cost Suzuki just under a week of action, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. "We'll try to get Ichiro back out there just to get some consistent at-bats," Servais said. "He's had an abbreviated spring training and then with the leg issues, it's going to take him a little while to get his timing down so hopefully we will get him back out there tomorrow.''
Suzuki (calf) is batting ninth and playing left field Wednesday against the Brewers, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Suzuki missed a week of Cactus League action due to a sore calf, but there seems to be little to worry about in this instance considering the veteran logged 11 plate appearances in minor-league games Monday. He projects to be the Mariners' primary left fielder to start the season now that he's healthy.