Charlie Furbush is no strange name to Mariners fans. The 6’5 left handed pitcher has played for the Seattle Mariners since 2011, but his season was cut short in 2015 by a shoulder injury. Back in July, Furbush was listed on the 15-day disabled list and soon he was transferred to the 60 day disabled list with an unknown return.

Furbush is working hard to keep his body healthy with a hope to start the 2016 season ready enough to play.

In an meeting with Mariners manager Scott Servais he expressed his concerns.

“His health is in question,” he spoke quickly. “It’s too early to say whether or not he’ll be a late start, or right on time, it’s just way too early,” he added quickly changing the topic.

I sat down and talked with Furbush later on. He talked often about the different types of preparation going into spring training versus the regular season. “There’s 162 games in 183 days, you’ve gotta prepare yourselves for that mentally and physically and that’s what most of the guys are down here preparing for.”

Upon asking him what his biggest challenge was he didn’t even have to think. “Right now, staying healthy is my biggest challenge. Getting myself on the ballfield, making sure I’m ready to go and ready to help contribute to this team. So, it should be fun to get back out there again sooner rather than later. “

We have a little under two weeks until opening day when we’ll know the 40-man roster, and we can only hope to see the name “Charlie Furbush” on that list instead of an injured reserve.

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