Clint Nageotte was one of the most impressive pitchers in the Mariners system during spring training, showing the dominant stuff early in March that the organization had grown used to prior to last year's setback season.
He was locating his fastball. He was striking guys out. He was in charge on the mound.
Reassigned to Triple-A in the third week of the spring due to an abundance of arms in big league camp, Nageotte sucked it up and began working with the Rainiers team.
So then why isn't Nageotte on the Rainiers active roster today when the team takes on Fresno in the season opener?
"He has a strained forearm that will keep him out 4-6 weeks," said a Mariners official.
As for Shawn Nottingham, a young left-hander who burst on the scene in 2004 with a quality year at Everett, an impingement (rotator cuff) is what's holding him back.
Even though an injury involving the shoulder is never a small injury for pitcher, especially one with a bright future like Nottingham, the Mariners don't appear to be overly concerned.
"He will only be out a couple of weeks and should go to Wisconsin when he is healthy," said the M's official.
Nottingham's return will be key for Wisconsin, a team that could very well be short-handed without many quality arms in the rotation. The addition of Nottingham, who went 9-3 with a 3.15 ERA in 14 starts last year with the AquaSox, will provide a boost.
Casey Craig, regarded by many services - including InsidethePark.com - as one of the top up-and-coming outfielders in the Mariners farm system, curiously didn't make a minor league roster and remains in Arizona at extended spring training. Craig will likely report to Wisconsin once he gets things straightened out.
The 20-year-old outfielder is patient at the plate and has projectable power that could enable him to be a good one in the future.
Update: M's prospects not on minor league rosters
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