News: Iwakuma has a small blister on his finger but manager Lloyd McClendon said it is not a big issue, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The blister prevented Iwakuma from throwing many splitters in Saturday's spring outing, which explains his struggles to a certain extent. Iwakuma gave up four runs on five hits, including a homer, in five innings against the Giants. While there has been nothing to suggest Iwakuma will miss time, consider him day-to-day until the Mariners officially clear him to make his next start.
News: Miller (illness) is getting another day off Saturday as a precaution, the Seattle Times' Ryan Divish reports.
Impact: He is still fighting the effects of flu-like symptoms, but it shouldn't be something that sidelines him on Opening Day now that he has taken a hold of the starting shortstop job, at least while Chris Taylor is sidelined. Consider Miller day-to-day for now.
News: Hernandez is all set to start on opening day for the seventh straight year. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon made it official on Saturday. Hernandez will pitch April 6 in Seattle against the AL West champion Los Angeles Angels.
Impact: This will be the eighth career opening-day start for Hernandez. He is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA in previous openers. McClendon had previously said he was ''99.999 percent'' sure Hernandez would be the starter, and now has made it 100 percent certain.