Obviously the big news looking at the line-up is that Michael Morse (finger) and Franklin Gutierrez (hamstrings) are back in the line-up. Morse broke his pinky finger on his right hand on Thursday against the Rangers. He’s back tonight. He hit in the cage on the off day and is out there taking batting practice. He won’t be wear a protective guard or anything to protect it.
One thing that does help is that Morse hits with the pinky finger overlapping his bottom hand like a golf grip.
“That helps,” he said.
One person who isn’t in the line-up is Jesus Montero. The young catcher has now sat three of the last four games. Veteran Kelly Shoppach has played instead.
“It’s just overall,” Wedge said when asked if Montero is working on some things. “I’m trying to give him a little bit of space as well. I like what Shoppach has been doing back there and I like matching him up with Aaron (Harang) in his first start tonight. I think that’s important. There’s different things with each day. He’s still working to be the overall things he needs to be. And I think if you give him a couple days here and there, I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing this early in the year.”
The Mariners made a roster move as right-hander Yoervis Medina was called up from Triple A Tacoma to take Stephen Pryor’s spot in the bullpen. Pryor suffered a torn right lattismus doris on Sunday. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday.
“We are going to have to see when it calms down,” Wedge said. “It’s substantial. How long is he going to be? We really don’t know yet. Obviously long enough to be placed on the DL. But you are probably looking beyond those two weeks.
Pryor was in relatively good spirits considering.
“At least I don’t have to have surgery,” he said. ”
Medina, 24, is 0-1 with a 1.50 ERA (1 ER, 6.0 IP) in 4 relief appearances with the Rainiers so far in 2013. He has walked 3 batters and struck out 7 in 6.0 innings. The right-hander has limited opponents to a .111 (2×18) average, including retiring all 8 right-handed batters he has faced.
He has a fastball that touches 95 and also has a slider and change-up.
“He made an impression on us this spring and even more impression this winter with how we pitched,” Wedge said. “He will be ready to pitch tonight and obviously we will keep a close eye on him with it being his first time.”