The Seattle Mariners are dropping right and left, and the team placed left-handed starting pitcher Horacio Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list Friday – where he joined right-hander Jeff Weaver.
The move follows the loss this week of reliever Chris Reitsma, and the team has been without Raul Ibanez for seven of the last eight games. If you want to go back a bit, the team hasn’t had a pitch thrown from two of his better relievers, Arthur Rhodes and Mark Lowe.
All teams go through injuries and, like the Mariners, do their best to patch the holes they cause.
Without Lowe, Seattle found an able substitute this spring in rookie Brandon Morrow. When Rhodes went down, rookie left-hander Eric O’Flaherty was given the chance to pitch – and he, too, has been a pleasant surprise.
Cha Seung Baek is starting in place of Weaver, Sean Green and now Jon Huber have been added to the bullpen this week and Jose Guillen dropped to the third spot in the lineup without Ibanez.
Ramirez’s spot in the rotation will likely be filled next week with one of two Tacoma Rainiers – the hot Justin Lehr or Ryan Feierabend, who was impressive last September in the majors.
All this on the eve of a three-game showdown with the Angels in Anaheim starting Monday.
It could be worse. And the reason no one with the team ever says that is because they’re afraid it will get worse.