Just got back from the clubhouse, and a check of the line-up card where Mike Sweeney’s name is listed in the reserves, while Josh Wilson is not listed at all.
A quick conversation with the Mariners media staff and they confirmed that is the pending roster move of activating Sweeney from the disabled list, while Wilson will be designated for assignment. But manager Don Wakamatsu won’t make it official until after batting practice, in case something were to happen to Sweeney.
We talked with Sweeney a little bit. He seemed genuinely upset having to take Wilson’s place on the roster, saying it’s a good and bad day since Wilson is being sent out.
“It breaks my heart that a guy like Josh Wilson has to get sent out,” Sweeney said.
Wilson appeared in six games and had two at-bats since the Mariners claimed him on June 19th.
Sweeney went on the disabled list on July 7th, retro to July 6th for back spasms. But he admitted he didn’t need 15 days to get healed up.
“I told Jack and Wak that I’d only need three days,” Sweeney said. “I know my body pretty well, especially with back and knee pain. I know how long its going to keep me out. They told me after a few days they needed a spot for Bedard, and I told them, ‘whatever is bet for the team, is best for me. If this is something you need to do, do it.'”
As for staying ready, Sweeney has been taking batting practice and been very active for the last seven days. He isn’t concerned about being rusty when he comes back.
“I have a routine that gets me ready to play and if I’m in the line-up I’ll be ready to go,” he said.
With Chris Shelton with the team, it will be interesting to see how Wakamatsu uses Sweeney and Shelton.
LHP Olson (3-3, 4.53 ERA)
Curtis Granderson CF
Placido Polanco 2B
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Marcus Thames DH
Magglio Ordonez RF
Ryan Raburn LF
Brandon Inge 3B
Gerald Laird C
Adam Everett SS
RHP Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.14 ERA)