The way Jon Garland sees it, he has nothing to lose by going out and throwing as hard as his surgically repaired right shoulder will allow.
Garland, out of baseball all of last season after surgery in July 2011, struggled for the first time in four appearances this spring. He allowed five runs and six hits while striking out seven in three innings as the Seattle Mariners lost 8-1 to the Netherlands on Friday night.
Garland is effectively in a four-man competition for the last two spots in the Mariners' starting rotation.
''It's a lot easier for me in the position that I'm in compared to a younger guy trying to make the team. It's not going to be the end of the world for me if they tell me I'm out of here,'' the 33-year-old veteran of 12 big-league seasons said. ''There's 29 more teams. If someone wants to give me a chance, they will. If not, they won't. But it's trying to do the best you can, really.''
Garland said his seven strikeouts were misleading, that a lot of major-league...