Scoring no runs on four hits in 18 innings will make a team look for reinforcements, and the Seattle Mariners got a few today – activating Adrian Beltre from the disabled list and bringing first baseman Mike Carp up from Tacoma.
The Mariners also added left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas to their expanded roster, and all will be available for tonight’s game with the Los Angeles Angels.
Ichiro Suzuki is expected to play for the first time in nine days, and Ken Griffey Jr. – sidelined all weekend by an inflamed left knee – may start at designated hitter.
The moves come as no surprise, having been reported here and most everywhere else for days, and the call-ups will continue once the Rainiers season and post-season ends.
Who else is coming? Expect pitchers Brandon Morrow and Garrett Olson and third baseman Matt Tuiasosopo.
For Carp, it will be his second go-round in the big leagues, since the 23-year-old played in five games and batted .375 in eight at-bats. With Tacoma, Carp batted .271 with 25 doubles and 15 home runs in 110 games.
The Mariners are quickly approaching the what-have-we-got-to-lose phase of their season, when looking at prospects makes more sense than starting players like Jack Hannahan and Josh Wilson.
Seattle knows what veteran pieces it has heading into the off-season. What it needs to find out is whether players like Tuiasosopo, Carp and Morrow are answers or questions for 2010.