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Bonderman, Garland get in extra work

PEORIA, Ariz. -- While most of the Mariners' pitchers didn't throw on Sunday to rest up before live batting practice starts on Monday, veterans Jeremy Bonderman and Jon Garland put in extra work with 10-minute bullpen sessions.

Both right-handers are returning from arm injuries, and the Mariners are taking steps to make sure they're fully prepared moving forward.

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Veterans Joe Saunders and Hisashi Iwakuma -- both ticketed for rotation slots -- will also get a third bullpen session on Monday before they start the live-batting-practice rotation.

All the other pitchers who've been in camp the whole time have thrown two bullpens and will begin tossing live BP starting Monday.

Felix Hernandez is the only pitcher who hasn't thrown any bullpen sessions after reporting late following his contract-extension news conference in Seattle on Wednesday. Manager Eric Wedge said Hernandez will continue playing catch for now, then throw his first bullpen early this coming week.

Wedge said the extra work for Bonderman and Garland was "just because of their recent history. They didn't do much last year really. And with Felix and Saunders and Kuma, we're just kind of slow-playing them a little."

Bonderman hasn't pitched since 2010 with the Tigers due to shoulder and elbow problems. Garland missed all of last year following shoulder surgery. But both are accomplished Major League starters and have done well so far.

"They looked really good again today," Wedge said. "They've been impressive early on."

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