It’s supposed to be the warmest day of the year at the ball park. Sun light actually entered the press box this morning, which is stunning in itself.
Dustin Ackley said he hopes to be ready Tuesday. He’s going to be icing his sprained thumb after injuring it last night on a dive in center field. He said he knew something was wrong right away, but didn’t think it was too bad.
“I didn’t really think so,” Ackley said. “It didn’t really hurt that bad. I didn’t really know what was going on; I knew something wasn’t right.”
Ackley joked that he part of the learning process in center will be figuring out how to keep his thumbs out from under him.
> Michael Saunders said he will be available today. He hadn’t taken swings yet when we talked to him in the morning. At the very least, he’ll be available to pinch-run and bunt.
> Stephen Pryor is throwing 30 pitches today. After the Mariners return from the next road trip, they’ll take another look at him. That he’s throwing off a mound is a good sign.
> Mariners manager Eric Wedge said he pinch-ran Jason Bay — who was caught stealing when a lefty came to first after Bay took off a split-second early — in the eighth Saturday night instead of Saunders because it would have cost him two players if the designated hitter spot came around again, which it did. Saunders couldn’t swing last night so, if he ran in the eighth, he would have be replaced by Bay when the DH spot came up (Bay was running for Kendrys Morales).
> The Mariners also traded Eric Thames to Baltimore for infielder Ty Kelly. Thames was designated for assignment June 22. Kelly, 24, is batting .283 (80×283) with 51 runs scored, 21 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run and 47 RBI in 72 games with AA Bowie in the Eastern League. He currently ranks amongst the Eastern League leaders in runs scored (2nd, 51), doubles (T2nd, 21) and walks (3rd, 51). Since May 29, Kelly is batting .337 (35×104) with 20 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple and 13 RBI. During this 27 game stretch he ranks 9th in the league in average, while his 35 hits are tied for 3rd-most.