Let’s get to a few notes from manager Eric Wedge’s pregame media session
Michael Morse will join the team in Minnesota. But it may be a few days before he is ready to play.
Justin Smoak is going to take some swings left-handed today and tomorrow. But right now, he’s probably only available to pinch hit right-handed. Smoak could be back in the starting line-up this weekend in Minnesota.
When asked about outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, who is rehabbing in Tacoma, Wedge gave a look almost similar to that of a teenage girl rolling her eyes.
“He’s feeling okay (long pause), he’s feeling better (long pause) so we’ll see,” he said.
Erasmo Ramirez made his 2013 debut with the Double A Jackson a few days ago after being sidelined with triceps issues the early part of the season. Because of the past injuries, Wedge doesn’t think they should rush Ramirez to get him back to the big leagues.
“I don’t think we can,” Wedge said. “I just don’t think we can.”
Wedge wouldn’t announce who Sunday’s starting pitcher. But he said if we do the math, we should know who it is. My math skills aren’t great.
But I’m guessing it will be veteran Jeremy Bonderman, who would be on normal rest, to make the start. Bonderman also has a June 1 opt out clause in his contract. So that would seem to fit. The Mariners would have to make a 40-man roster move to make room for Bonderman, but that’s not impossible.
When asked about the Rainiers’ offensive outburst, Wedge was impressed. But he knew what those numbers really mean.
“Triple A and the big leagues … that’s all I’m going to say to you,” Wedge said. “I will probably get in trouble for that tomorrow too.”
Nick Franklin collected his first big league hit last night. Franklin gave the ball to his parents, who are making the road trip with him.
Wedge is trying to get Franklin to get to the point where big league life feels normal.
“It’s why I’m playing him every day,” Wedge said. “I want him to get as comfortable as he can be as quickly as he can.”
Wedge talked about Brendan Ryan trying to shoulder the blame after last night’s loss.
“It’s him being sincere, but it’s not his fault,” Wedge said. “We talked about it late last night after everyone was gone. He was the last one here. That’s the passion and just how genuine he is. It’s personal to him. That’s why he’s a special defensive player. It’s why he cares so much about his offense. The fact of the matter is, most players don’t even get to that first ball. And if they do, they can’t do anything with it. And like I told him about the second play, you have to tip your cap to the other team too. They did a hell of a job on that hit and run.”