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Wednesday’s line-ups, official game notes, updated stats and Wedge pregame comments vs. the Texas Rangers

Post by Ryan Divish on July 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm with 2 Comments »
July 3, 2013 4:15 pm

7-3 -- Mariners lineup

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.”

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  1. bbnate420 says:

    moo, I don’t think Z’s job should depend on signing Morales long term. He should be gone regardless. This is excluding the sky falling and the M’s winning 54+ games in the second half. If I ran the M’s, I would not let Z trade Morales away. You will get at least a 1st round pick if you lose Morales in the off-season as long as you make him a qualifying offer. I have ZERO faith in Z getting more value in a trade than a 1st round pick. You have leverage to sign Morales to a reasonable long term deal in the off-season. The qualifying offer hurts his UFA value.

    If you lose Morales, then I think you resign Morse to play DH/1st. No more of him in the OF except occasionally if you have to. I think he can stay healthy for 140+ games if he’s a DH/1st basemen. You have to either get Ellsbury or Choo signed. Ellsbury to play CF or Choo for RF. Hopefully, Saunders can get it together and play CF or RF depending on which you sign.

  2. bbnate420 says:

    They really should be able to review plays on the bases. There’s no effing excuse. That idiot missed the call badly. It wasn’t even that close. Have a guy in the booth make the call. It’s a joke.

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