• Manager Eric Wedge reiterated Monday that Justin Smoak remains his leading contender to "get the bulk of the time at first base" to start the season, while Kendrys Morales would primarily play designated hitter, though he noted the team now has enough flexibility to change that if necessary.
But he said while things can change, "something drastic" would have to occur to alter that plan during Spring Training.
• Felix Hernandez, who has been limited to just playing catch and long toss to this point, will likely get his first bullpen session on Wednesday. Hernandez is being brought along slower than the rest of the pitchers, but will begin working his way into the mix this week as the Mariners bring him on his own pace toward Opening Day.
• Joe Saunders and Hisashi Iwakuma both threw their third bullpen sessions on Monday and are expected to join the rest of the pitchers in live batting practice later this week. Jeremy Bonderman and Jon Garland are the only other pitchers who threw three bullpens, doing so on Sunday, and will also move into the live BP rotation in their next outing.
• Half the pitchers threw live BP on Monday, led by returning starter Blake Beavan and reliever Oliver Perez. Also throwing were Hector Noesi, Kameron Loe, Andrew Carraway, Chance Ruffin, D.J. Mitchell, Anthony Fernandez, Danny Farquhar, Brian Moran, Logan Bawcom, Carson Smith and Jonathan Arias.
Scheduled to throw on Tuesday: Erasmo Ramirez, Josh Kinney, Tom Wilhelmsen, Stephen Pryor, Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge, Carter Capps, Brandon Maurer, Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker, James Paxton and Bobby LaFromboise.