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Will Miranda pitch out of bullpen or rotation?

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- One of the decisions facing the Mariners over the final month of camp will be determining whether to keep Ariel Miranda as a starter or move him to the bullpen. He'll get a chance to work in relief in his next outing, slated for Wednesday against the Indians at Peoria Stadium.

Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to start that game and go two or three innings, with Miranda to follow. That is more a function of the Mariners having an off-day on Tuesday when the lefty would have thrown, but Seattle will eventually need to decide whether to move Miranda permanently to the bullpen if their five scheduled starters stay healthy.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- One of the decisions facing the Mariners over the final month of camp will be determining whether to keep Ariel Miranda as a starter or move him to the bullpen. He'll get a chance to work in relief in his next outing, slated for Wednesday against the Indians at Peoria Stadium.

Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to start that game and go two or three innings, with Miranda to follow. That is more a function of the Mariners having an off-day on Tuesday when the lefty would have thrown, but Seattle will eventually need to decide whether to move Miranda permanently to the bullpen if their five scheduled starters stay healthy.

Servais said on Sunday that lefty specialist Marc Rzepczynski is the one southpaw to have a spot sewn up in the bullpen, with the second to be determined.

Video: Miranda could prove vital in Mariners' 2017 staff

"Obviously, we made a commitment there [with the free agent Rzepczynski], and he's going to be the key for us," Servais said. "I like what [James] Pazos has shown us so far. [Dillon] Overton wasn't as sharp yesterday as he has been. [Paul] Fry is in that mix as a younger guy. I do like the group as a whole.

"The power Pazos brings is very intriguing. We'll see. It'll be curious to see how it plays out. Is Miranda in that mix or do we keep him starting? That's another one we need to talk about."

But Servais did sound as though his preference would be to have Miranda in Seattle's bullpen rather than start him in Triple-A Tacoma if that's how it plays out.

"You want to make sure you're strong at 6-7-8 in the rotation, no doubt," Servais said. "But it's about winning games at the big league level, and whoever that person is, whether it's Miranda, Overton or whoever, who is going to help us get off to a good start?

"Who is going to help us win games in Houston and Anaheim right out of the chute? That's what we're looking at there. A lot of these guys do have options, so it could be mix-and-match here for a while."

Worth noting

• Utiilty infielder Mike Freeman cleared waivers, was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma and will rejoin Major League camp after being designated for assignment on Wednesday to open a roster spot for newly acquired pitcher Chase De Jong.

Tony Zych emerged from his second bullpen session of the spring with no issues as he works back from biceps surgery on his right arm, but he is still a ways from pitching in games. Steve Cishek, the Mariners' other rehabbing reliever, also felt fine after playing catch in back-to-back days for the first time since having microfracture hip surgery.

Mike Zunino's second-inning home run Saturday went an estimated 421 feet, according to Statcast™, with an exit velocity of 111.9 mph. His highest exit velocity of any of his 12 homers last year in the regular season was 111.8 mph.

Video: SEA@COL: Zunino rips a 112-mph homer to left-center

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

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