TOKYO – Even as Mariners legend Ichiro Suzuki is playing his final game of the Opening Series, MLB.com confirmed a Kyodo News report The 45-year-old will announce his retirement from baseball following the game ,
The team has not confirmed the report.
Ichiro popped out in
TOKYO – Even As Mariners Legend
Ichiro popped out in foul territory to A third baseman Matt Chapman in his first at-bat and grounded out to be second in the Scott Servais for a second straight game in the field as the Mariners closed out their week-long visit to Japan.
Ichiro went 0-for Wednesday's 9-7 Opening Night Victory.
The two teams were allowed to carry three extra players for the two in Next day, Ichiro's position is understood as likely to be short term.
The Mariners have said they're taking things "day by day" with Ichiro, but clearly he's not part of the future plans for a team looking to rebuild with younger players.
"Servizi remainder un committal when asked what the Mariners would do with Ichiro when returning to Seattle."
"We're really taking it one day at a time, "Servais said. When we got back to Seattle and see where we're back to Tokyo, we've just come back to Tokyo.
Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB .