Strong spring bolsters Garland's roster hopes

Strong spring bolsters Garland's roster hopes

PEORIA, Ariz. -- With six innings of strong work Thursday night and with everything else he'd done before that, right-hander Jon Garland says he's done what he can do to convince the Mariners they should give him a spot on the Opening Day roster.

"I think I've shown them everything I can, and now the decision is on them," said Garland, who like many veterans in his position has an opt-out clause in his Minor League deal.

Now it's up to the Mariners, and Garland would like to know the answer on Friday -- just in case the answer is no, so he'd still have time to latch on with another team.

"We obviously get together after every game, but that's obviously a specific situation, so we'll get together and talk about that and figure out what we're going to do," manager Eric Wedge said after Thursday's 7-4 loss to the Cubs.

After allowing two runs on five hits in six innings, Garland has allowed just three earned runs in 12 innings of Cactus League action this spring. Garland, 33, missed all of 2012 after undergoing shoulder surgery and was signed by the Mariners in early February.

"They know the type of pitcher I am. It's not like I'm going to come back after surgery and go out there and throw 95 [mph] and strike everybody out," Garland said. "If I'm healthy, I'm going to go out there and give the team a chance to win. That's what I've done my whole career, and given the opportunity here, I feel like I'll continue to do that."

And if he is not given that chance?

"I'm sure there have been scouts in the stands every time I've thrown, they're here anyway," Garland said. "If they don't want to keep me here, I'm sure there might be a phone call. If not, I'll be poolside at the house, hanging out."

John Schlegel is a national reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.