PEORIA, Ariz. -- Though he hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2011, veteran left-handed reliever Joe Beimel is making a strong bid this spring for a job with the Mariners as a non-roster invitee.
Beimel, 36, is one of a handful of pitchers coming back from Tommy John surgery who agreed to Minor League deals with the hope of proving they're ready. And the former Dodgers workhorse has been impressive thus far.
"He's looked great," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He looks healthy, he's taken the ball every time we've asked. He's an interesting guy, a veteran guy that has pitched in big ballgames and has the ability to get guys out from both sides of the plate. We'll continue to look at him and see what he has to offer."
Beimel has pitched in three Cactus League games so far, allowing three hits and a run in three innings, and has been throwing well in all his work. McClendon managed Beimel with the Pirates in 2001-03, and Beimel went on to be a standout with the Dodgers from 2006-08 and then the Nationals, Rockies and Pirates the ensuing years before his elbow started giving out.
He finally had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and missed all of that season before pitching 30 games for the Braves' Triple-A team last year.
"I feel great," Beimel said. "I'm finally healthy after a couple years, so it's fun to be out there pitching at 100 percent instead of 60 or 70. I'm just going to keep going, and hopefully things will work out and I can make this team and help them out."
Veteran Wolf downplays tough outing
PEORIA, Ariz. -- As a 14-year Major League veteran, Randy Wolf knows Cactus League games aren't a make-or-break test of a pitcher's progress. But he also knows this spring isn't like most for him.
Wolf is trying to win a job as a non-roster invitee, who hasn't pitched since Tommy John surgery in 2012. So even though his reconstructed left elbow felt strong Friday, there was that matter of the four runs on three hits -- two homers and a triple -- in three innings of a 10-9 loss to the Reds to worry about.
"Physically I feel good," Wolf said. "When you're on the roster, Spring Training is a time to prepare, and I've never had a glorious Spring Training in my life. You never want to give up runs, but you want to always get stronger and stronger and physically feel good. Unfortunately, in the position I'm in, you don't have those luxuries."
But Wolf said he actually felt better than in his initial outing -- two scoreless frames against the Indians on Sunday -- and that progress is what he'll build on. He said his curveball was lousy and he didn't have the touch on his new splitter, resulting in a pair of costly two-out walks that led to runs.
"I look at today and obviously the end result looks awful," he said. "But I really just gave up three hard-hit balls, and that was it. Unfortunately, two of those happened with a walk before that and it cost me runs."
Manager Lloyd McClendon said he's not reading too much into the early results, particularly for a veteran like Wolf, who was an All-Star in 2003 and has won 132 games in his career.
"Listen, you're not going to judge on every outing, particularly this early in spring," McClendon said. "I thought the ball came out pretty good. He probably needed a little more bite on the curveball, but other than that, I thought he threw the ball OK.
"He made some good pitches, and he made some bad pitches," McClendon said. "It was a typical Spring Training wind. When the ball is up in the zone and you get it up in that wind, it's going to jump out of the ballpark. I don't think he pitched as bad as the linescore would indicate."
• Top right-handed prospect Taijuan Walker played catch for the second day in a row Friday after being shut down for a week to rest his shoulder, and all went well. He'll throw long toss again this weekend while continuing to build back his arm strength.
"He felt good about everything, and that's what is important," McClendon said.
• Corey Hart saw his first action of the spring in right field after being limited to designated-hitter duties in his first four games, but didn't get any balls hit his way in his five innings.
• Robinson Cano didn't play for the second straight day on Friday as he's recovering from root canal surgery performed Wednesday afternoon. The second baseman is on a day-to-day basis regarding his return. Cano is hitting .500 (6-for-12) with three runs and three RBIs in his first five games with Seattle.
• Felix Hernandez threw a bullpen session on Friday and said everything felt great. He'll make his second Cactus League start on Sunday against the Rangers in a 1:05 p.m. PT game in Peoria.
• The Mariners play their second split-squad games of the year Saturday, and both will be televised on MLB.TV and MLB Network. The 6:05 p.m. PT night game against the Dodgers will be shown live, while a 12:05 p.m. PT afternoon game against the Giants in Scottsdale will be shown on a delayed basis on MLB Network at 1 a.m. Sunday morning. Both games will be live on MLB.TV.