As expected, Nick Franklin is not in the Mariners line-up today. Brad Miller will slide over to play second base and still lead-off. Brendan Ryan will start at shortstop. In last night’s win, Franklin attempted a drag bunt and the fouled the ball of his the inside of his right knee cap. He finished the game, but was in clear discomfort.
Franklin was not moving particularly well in the clubhouse pregame. His right knee still looked noticeably swollen. It wasn’t a pleasant night of sleep. He had to wear a wrap on the knee and try to keep it elevated.
“It was ok,” he said. ”There was some tossing and turning.”
He knows his future will require spending a fair amount of time in the training room.
“As of right now, it’s swollen and I’m working on getting the swelling down as much as possible and as quickly as possible.,” he said. “Hopefully, I can be on the field soon.”
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said that Franklin might be available for a late game pinch hit. But when it comes to playing a full game, it would seem like a few days, judging by the way Franklin is moving.
“He sucked it up yesterday and stayed in the game,” Wedge said. “I’m sure if I pushed him, he wouldn’t have fought it today. But I want to be smart about it, too. Ryno’s like 5-for-7 off this guy, so it’s not a bad day to get him in there, too.”
There are some people that were concerned why Franklin decided to stay in the game and Wedge allowed and encouraged it.
“Because it’s going to be part of it,” Wedge said. “If you’re going to be an every day guy, you’ve got to play through things like that. It’s just part of it. When you play every day, and you get nicked and a little banged up from time to time, you’ve got to play through it.”
Franklin understands it as well. That part is easier to understand than how he can get hurt on a drag bunt attempt.
“I am very frustrated,” he said. “This is the first time it’s ever actually happened to me, on a bunt especially. Out of all things, it’s a bunt off the knee. You don’t really expect it to do anything.”
Some people are wondering why Miller has to move to second base and not Ryan. Well, Miller played second and third base during the spring, Ryan has not. And there’s this aspect about Ryan …
“He’s one of the best defensively in the game,” Wedge said. “So if you’re going to play him, that’s where you’re going to play him.”