Nick Franklin is out of the line-up for the third straight day as he recovers from stitches in his knee. It’s an interesting lineup with both Michael Saunders and Raul Ibanez out today.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge is taking a different approach to the line-up. With just over a month left in the season, he’s approaching the line-up and the playing time in a pretty simple fashion.
“I told them yesterday that it’s only going to get more difficult as we get into September when we start calling some guys up,” Wedge said. “What we are going to do is we are going to put the best line-up out there that we feel allows us to win the ball game. We also obviously have some priorities with some different guys that we feel we have to stick with. If you are in the line-up you have to be ready to go, and if you aren’t in the line-up you need to be ready in case we need you half way through the game or at the end of the game. It’s as simple as that. If I look down and you don’t look like your ready to play, that tells me you aren’t ready to play for a couple of days. That’s fine too. You decide how you want to handle it. Everyone wants to plays. Whether you’ve been hurt or you haven’t performed up to the standards we feel you need to perform or you need to perform, that’s on you.”
Wedge said he and GM Jack Zdruriencik have had discussions about possible September call-ups. But they haven’t made any definitive decisions. They still have some times.
On the injury front …
Wedge hopes Franklin will be available to pinch hit.
“I don’t think we’ll be able to use him defensively yet,” Wedge said.
The hold up isn’t the pain in the knee or the stitches themselves – it’s a combination of the two.
“I not necessarily sure if stitches have to come out,” Wedge said. “I know he’s feeling better. But that got in there pretty deep. I just want to have him available to pinch hit first. If we have to pinch run for him or make some moves, we are able to make it work.”
Mike Zunino caught another bullpen, did some more defensive drills and took live batting practice. Wedge thinks he will join Triple A Tacoma the middle of next week.
There is also this bit of news from Yahoo’s Jeff Passan.
Sources: Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik's job looking safer as Mariners begin management shakeup, let go of special assistant Tony Blengino.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 24, 2013
I haven’t got confirmation from the M’s yet. But I have no reason not to believe it was true. Blengino’s role in the organization had been dramatically reduced. He used to be a fixture with general manager Jack Zduriencik and usually by his side, but has been working from his home this year.
I sat in on Mike Scioscia’s pregame interview to ask him about teaching Henry Blanco to catch. But the more interesting stuff was about his relationship with Jerry DiPoto. Fox Sport’s Jon Morosi had a series of tweets about their philosophical differences and that one of them would be forced out of the organization after this season.
“There are no philosophical differences,” Scioscia said. “Jerry and I have our baseball philosophies in line. Really the only one thing I publicly disagreed with Jerry about was when he let (hitting coach) Mickey Hatcher and that’s been it. Everything is just baseball talk. There’s a lot of chatter out there. But there’s no foundation to that. Our philosophies are right in line with anything we’ve ever done.”
Scioscia was asked about his relationship with DiPoto.
“A manager and a GM, a manager and coaching staff, a GM and his assistant GM – you aren’t going to agree on everything and that’s healthy,” Scioscia said. “You have to have conversation. You have to throw it on the table, see if it has merit, peel the paint off it, and I feel that’s happening. You are not going to get a manager and GM that are going to have the same evaluations on every single player and the same exact thoughts on every situation – that’s just impossible. I think it’s a normal manager-general manger relationship.”