Bumps, bruises not slowing Moore at plate

Bumps, bruises not slowing Moore at plate

Bumps, bruises not slowing Moore at plate
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Mariners catcher Adam Moore has been hitting the cover off the ball in early Cactus League action, but the 27-year-old has been taking his lumps in almost equal fashion.

Typical of the life of a catcher, Moore was in the training room on Wednesday dealing with a sore right wrist as well as a bruised left hand. And when he wasn't taking abuse behind the plate, Moore got hit by a pitch while batting Tuesday.

"Two days in a row," he said with a shake of the head. "I got hit with a backswing on my hand, then a foul tip off the wrist. And I got beaned right in the butt."

Then there was the slide into third base on Tuesday that brought trainer Rick Griffin and manager Eric Wedge running from the dugout when Moore came up limping on the same right leg he hurt the first week of last season that required knee surgery.

"I just slid a little late and jammed my foot and leg into the bag," Moore said. "So it scared me more than anything. But I just walked it off and it was fine and I was good to go."

Moore isn't eager to come out of any games these days, as he's swinging a hot bat and fighting for playing time in a catching rotation that added Jesus Montero, the Mariners' top prospect, and John Jaso behind starter Miguel Olivo over the offseason.

He's gone 4-for-6 with a home run, double, three RBIs and four runs scored in his first three games before getting the day off Wednesday.

"I did a lot of work this winter and right now I'm staying through the ball, getting my hands extended and just seeing the ball well," Moore said. "I feel great and hope to continue to keep this going throughout the spring.

"This is fun. I didn't play at all last year and played a little in the winter, but not too much. Now every opportunity I get, I'm going to take full advantage and continue to hang in there, no matter what, and just see what happens."