As Ryan posted earlier, the Mariners called up sidearm reliever Bobby LaFromboise from Tacoma and sent down lefty Lucas Luetge. Luetge had options, threw three innings last night and struggled a bit, so, off he went.
LaFromboise is thrilled to be up. This is his first time in Safeco Field, and it comes with a big league jersey on his back. Tacoma manager Daren Brown called LaFromboise into his hotel room around midnight last night and gave him the news. LaFromboise said he hadn’t paid much attention to potential shuffling, so the move caught him off guard. He made one call after talking to Brown.
“I went back down to my room and called my dad,” LaFromboise said. “I made one phone call; it was just to my dad. I couldn’t get through it. Teared up. And then I had to talk to my mom, and that was worse. Because it’s mom. It was just a great feeling to be able to make that phone call to them, and say, hey, I made it.”
He’ll be available and possibly needed tonight after the Mariners ran through a slew of relievers during last night’s debacle.
> Starter Brandon Maurer said his thigh feels fine. He was hit by a line drive during his struggles Tuesday night. He threw 2/3 innings and allowed six runs. He didn’t make it out of the first.
He’ll be chatting with pitching coach Carl Willis today. Maurer said he actually felt pretty good to start the game. He’s looking to leave that start behind him.
“Yeah, just flush that one down,” Maurer said.
Manager Eric Wedge said there was no thinking about removing Maurer from the rotation or skipping his next start.
Here’s Willis’ take:
“In reviewing the video, a lot of pitches in the center of the plate. I think we saw in spring training a little better command. I don’t think it’s anything mechanical as much as I think it’s his first couple Major League starts, him being maybe a little more intense. He’s an intense young man, maybe a little more intense than normal. Throwing through some sliders and they’re staying on the plate. Basic things. Nothing earth-shattering. He still needs to get his feet on the ground a little bit.
“We still have a lot of belief in him. Spring training is spring training, everyone knows that it is different. But, at the same time, it’s Arizona spring and doing what he did particularly late in camp against lineups that at that point were clubs that had six, sometimes seven of their regulars in the lineup. You can’t discard that. I don’t think anything that abnormal is going on. We still have confidence in him and I’m sure for his peace of mind, a good outing would be good.
“I really thought, one of the things we talked about after the Oakland game, when he executed his pitches, he got outs. He got outs just like he got in the minor leagues, he got them here. Maybe a little less information, a little less gameplanning. Just have him go out and pitch solely his ballgame, his strengths. That may help his confidence a little bit. That may eliminate some of the thinking.”
> Willis said he will get with Kameron Loe, too. Willis said they need to get Loe’s sinker to bite later. Right now, it’s sinking early and the hitter can identify it. That’s why they have been launching numerous Loe pitches out of the park. Loe also threw three innings last night, though he’s not a true long guy.
Lineups for tonight. We’ll see if there is a new record-low attendance mark set again tonight or if Beavan v. Peacock pulls them in.