Mariners make moves to get down to 25-man roster

The Seattle Mariners have reassigned catcher Josh Bard and

utility player Chris Gimenez to minor league camp as they to pare

down toward their opening day roster of 25 players.

Left-hander Luke French was also optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on

Monday. He allowed three runs on nine hits in five innings in his

spring training start Sunday.

Bard and Gimenez were non-roster invitees.

The Mariners will go into the season with Miguel Olivo and Adam

Moore as their catchers, and likely Franklin Gutierrez, Ichiro

Suzuki, Ryan Langerhans, Michael Saunders and Milton Bradley as

their outfielders. Decisions remain as to how many and which

pitchers and infielders to keep.

Gutierrez is a candidate for the disabled list.

French appeared in 16 games for the Mariners last season with 13

starts and had a 5-7 record and 4.83 ERA. He gave up nine earned

runs on 26 hits, the most on the pitching staff, in 16 spring

training innings.

Bard and Gimenez struggled at the plate, both batting .207 in

the spring.