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Monday’s line-ups, official game notes, updated statistics vs.the Detroit Tigers

Post by Ryan Divish on Sep. 16, 2013 at 1:35 pm with 5 Comments »
September 16, 2013 5:08 pm

9-16 -- Mariners lineups

Nick Franklin is back in the starting lineup after a two-game hiatus. The line-up is about as expected. At this point, I don’t have any indignation about Michael Saunders not playing. The Tigers have loaded the lineup with right-handers to face Joe Saunders tonight, including former Mariner Matt Tuiasosopo, who is making his first start since Sept. 3.

Felix Hernandez threw a lengthy bullpen session. But he will NOT start Wednesday. Hisashi Iwakuma will start on Wednesday vs. Justin Verlander, while James Paxton will start on Thursday vs. Doug Fister. Pitching coach Carl Willis and  manager Eric Wedge have decided to have Hernandez throw one more bullpen session on Thursday morning and then possibly start him on Saturday or Sunday in Anaheim.

“Physically, he felt fine,” Willis said. “He feels too strong because he hadn’t been on the mound in such  a long time. And I think because he hadn’t been on the mound in such a long he’s just a little erratic. As far as going out and competing, one more bullpen is going to allow him to just tighten things up a little bit. On the physical side, he didn’t have any issues.”

Willis likened the progression to spring training.

9-16 -- Mariners rotation

Brad Miller’s strained hamstring is doing much better according to Brad Miller.

“It felt like a big cramp when I was running down to first,” he said. “Obviously I felt it pretty good. I knew I probably wouldn’t be able to keep playing. It’s still sore obviously, but it’s feeling better each day. So hopefully as soon as I can, I’ll get back out there quick.”

Miller has never had hamstring issues before in his career. But he isn’t too concerned.

“It’s just something that got a little tight on me,” he said. “But it’s nothing too crazy. They said the strength is there, so hopefully it was just a big cramp and now it’s just sore.”

The  Mariners limited his activities on Monday. He played catch and took some swings in the cage. But he did no on-field work.

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. The organization is going to give up on Michael Saunders, and he is going to sign somewhere else for cheap and end up being an All-Star. Mark my words.

  2. Coach,
    Saunders is first-year arbitration eligible, meaning he’s under club control for the Mariners for three more years. So he isn’t going to sign anywhere any time soon. The Mariners might trade him, but he’s relatively cheap right now, so they just won’t jettison him.

  3. I was thinking earlier today: Between all the years of losing & the pay cable only broadcasting, the Mariners have lost me. I just don’t care anymore. At least I can watch the Hawks on over the air TV. Oh…….. & they win occasionally.

  4. I hope they give up on Wedge and cue ball long before Saunders. They can lose Joe Saunders.

  5. westside_guy says:

    Huh, so that silly Facebook commenting thing isn’t implemented on the blog yet? Thank goodness! Although Divish may be happy when it comes, since that’ll mean one less person complaining about Michael Saunders’ playing time (I quit Facebook several months ago after the latest shadow profile data fiasco). But, in any case, M. Saunders has started the last couple games, so his sitting today wasn’t a big deal.

    I’m a bit concerned about Almonte’s fielding, though – he had another Ibañez-esque moment during this game. Fortunately it was Cabrera and Fielder on the bases at the time, so only one run scored rather than two. He’s had some exciting moments offensively, but I fear he may be another guy who gives back most of his value due to poor defense.

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