Plenty of action on deck for Mariners pitchers

Plenty of action on deck for Mariners pitchers

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Mariners will get plenty of action for their pitching staff on Thursday and Friday, with two games scheduled both days before the schedule goes back to normal for the final two weeks of Cactus League play.

The Mariners added a "B" game to Thursday's slate so they could get more innings to look at some of their younger arms. James Paxton and Taijuan Walker will each throw three frames against the Indians in the 10 a.m. PT exhibition game at Goodyear.

Joe Saunders makes his second Cactus League start in the 1:05 p.m. game against the Reds in Peoria Stadium, with the veteran lefty scheduled to throw four innings. Brandon Maurer, the 22-year-old right-hander making a strong showing this spring, is scheduled to follow and throw four frames of his own.

Then on Friday, the Mariners have both their normal Cactus League action against the Angels in Tempe at 1:05 p.m, as well as a World Baseball Classic exhibition against The Netherlands at 7:05 p.m. in Peoria.

Jeremy Bonderman is scheduled to throw the first four innings against the Angels, followed by three innings from Andrew Carraway.

Jon Garland is targeted to start against The Netherlands and throw four innings, with relievers Lucas Luetge, Stephen Pryor and Tom Wilhelmsen to follow.

Both Bonderman and Garland are veteran right-handers trying to make the club as non-roster invitees on Minor League deals as they return from injury issues. Garland has allowed one earned run and five hits in six innings over his first three outings, while Bonderman has given up six runs and eight hits in his own six innings of work.

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.