While the Mariners’ line-up is far from a murderer’s row, the Brewers ‘ line-up is just, um, well, wow. It’s not good. Our old friend Yuniesky Betancourt is back in Seattle and playing first base. The Brewers lost Corey Hart early in the season to an injury. They lost Ryan Braun to selfishness and just the other day Rickie Weeks was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Speaking of the disabled list, Franklin Gutierrez is going to remain there for the time being. The Mariners are trying to get him another 20-day rehab stint with the Rainiers. His last 20-day stint was up on Monday. So he must wait five days before starting a second one. I’d expect him to join the Rainiers in a few days.
“Each time, he’s slowly gotten a little bit better,” acting manager Robby Thompson said. “But he’s not really back to where he feels he can come out and be part of it every day. Whether he plays every day or not, he needs to be counted on in the dugout when he’s starting. If he’s not starting, it doesn’t mean he’s not available. He’s going to have to be available every day. We’ve talked to him about that. That’s where he’s trying to get to.”
This would be his fourth 20-day rehab stint with the Rainiers this season. He’s played 37 games with Tacoma and just 18 with the Mariners. He’s making $7 million this season – that’s $388,888 per big league appearance thus far. Gutierrez has club option of $7.5 million next season. Pretty safe to say, the Mariners won’t be picking that up.
Here’s how the Mariners upcoming rotation will slot out …
- Saturday vs. Milwaukee: Hisashi Iwakuma
- Sunday vs. Milwaukee: Felix Hernandez
- Monday: off
- Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay: Erasmo Ramirez
- Wednesday vs. Tampa Bay: Aaron Harang
- Thursdays vs. Tampa Bay: Joe Saunders