The Mariners go with a slightly different line-up, swapping out Endy Chavez with Jason Bay. But otherwise they are staying similar to yesterday.
Not much is going on pregame. We’ll find out about Danny Hultzen and the progress from Jesus Montero from GM Jack Zduriencik sometime during pregame.
Also it’s worth noting that the Mariners top two all-star candidates are pitching today and tomorrow. It seems like Felix Hernandez should be the easy selection. But with a good start Hisashi Iwakuma could be an outside candidate.
“He’s a deserving candidate,” Wedge said of Iwakuma. “I think the way he and Felix have both pitched, I think they are deserving candidates and I think you have to throw Oliver Perez in there as well. But you just never know who that plays out. But they are all candidates.”
On the injury front, Michael Saunders was more active pregame as he recovers from a smashed ring finger on his throwing hand. He took batting practice and played catch pregame.
“He’s feeling better,” Wedge said. “We have another lefty against us tomorrow. So we don’t have to play him tomorrow. But I think there’s a good chance he’d be ready to play tomorrow. But we have the three right-handers coming when we head to Cincinnati.”
Michael Morse also took fly balls in the outfield during batting practice. He did some running pregame as well as he inches closer to returning from the disabled list. But Wedge wants to make sure the strained quadriceps is completely healthy.
“He ran some more,” Wedge said. “He’s getting closer and feeling better. We just want to get him to the point where he’s not feeling anything.”
Wedge said Morse will have to out on a rehab assignment before rejoining the team.
“He’s going to have to go out and play a little bit,,” Wedge said. “I don’t exactly what that will mean. But at least a couple games, if not longer. It will probably be a little bit longer than that.”