SNELLING EXPECTED TO MAKE AN EARLY RECOVERY
John Hickey, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Mariners Weblog – 7 April
There were expectations that when the Mariners announced their 25-man roster last weekend, they would announce at the same time that Chris Snelling (Gorokan NSW) would go on the 60-day disabled list.
Such a move would not count against roster limits, making it easy to get a non-roster player, say first baseman Roberto Petagine or pitcher Jeff Harris, on the roster. The Mariners did no such thing. Snelling went on the 15-day disabled list, odd considering he was less than seven months removed from ACL surgery, a recovery from that generally takes 12 months.
Well, Monday will see Snelling in the lineup in Peoria, Ariz., with the Mariners minor leaguers as the DH. Indications are that Snelling will be back playing much sooner than the 60-day DL would have allowed.
''We're not going to rush him,'' trainer Rick Griffin said. ''But he's worked very hard and he learned a lot from the first surgery. Given where he's at, I've got no problem releasing him to play.''