Quick note …. Robert Andino has cleared waivers and accepted his outright assignment to AAA Tacoma. He will report to Tacoma on Saturday for the Rainiers game vs. the Sacramento RiverCats at Cheney Stadium Andino was hoping to hook on with his old team the Orioles or any other big league team. I think he found out that teams aren’t in the market for a utility guy that hasn’t been able to put some at-bats together.
Michael Morse was in the clubhouse and in good spirits. He just flew in about an hour ago. He will take batting practice today and participate in a few other activities. However, running is still an issue with the strained quadriceps muscle.
“To me, it’s such a fluke thing,” he said. “I felt so good. My legs, I’ve been taking good care of my legs, and I feel great in the outfield. I felt really good running, and especially right there I felt great. I just tried to push it a little too much. I compare it to driving a car and red-lining a car. You just don’t do that. I tried to run a little faster. But I’m not fast, so I don’t know what I was doing.”
So what can he do?
“I can hit, I can do everything,” he said. “I think the one thing I feel maybe is running. It’s just sore. It’s a little tight, but it’s not a pulled feeling anymore. If it was up to me, I’d give it one or two days more days and I’ll be fine.”
Morse remained in Seattle the last two days, getting treatment, taking some swings in the cage off of a tee and flips. He actually watched the games in the clubhouse.
“It was weird because no one was in there,” he said. “I was doing some rehab stuff. Every time we started getting on a little roll, I didn’t move. That first game was frustrating, but yesterday was a nice game to watch.”
As expected, Mariners manager Eric Wedge announced that veteran Jeremy Bonderman will make Sunday’s start against the Twins. Wedge dropped a few hints it would be Bonderman the last few days. With Bonderman holding a June 1 opt out date, and also being on normal rest for Sunday, it was a logical decision.
“He’s been pretty consistent,” Wedge said. “It was a progression of what we saw this spring. He’s putting the ball on the ground. He’s been aggressive. His arm has been pretty strong and he’s using all of his pitches. He obviously has a great deal of experience. He’s worked hard to get here.”
Bonderman was 2-4 with a 4.52 ERA in Tacoma. Those numbers were submarined a little bit by his last home start where he gave up eight run on 11 hits in 5 innings. That being said, you probably shouldn’t expect Bonderman to be dominant. The Mariners just want him to be better than Brandon Maurer in terms of consistency.
He’ll give us a chance to win the ball game,” Wedge said. “He’s been here and done it before.”
The Mariners will have to make room on the 40-man roster and the 25-man roster for Bonderman. Not sure what that move would be yet.