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Taylor’s injury limits Mariners’ alternatives to Miller

Post by Bob Dutton / The News Tribune on May 15, 2014 at 2:44 pm with 1 Comment »
May 15, 2014 3:37 pm

Triple-A Tacoma infielder Chris Taylor is headed to the 7-day disabled list after injuring his left pinky finger on a slide at second base in Tuesday’s game at Las Vegas.

So scratch Taylor as an immediate alternative to slumping Brad Miller.

Plans call for Taylor to be examined next week in Seattle. Until then, all is speculation, but the preliminary best guess — guess, mind you — is the injury isn’t too serious. Club officials are hoping Taylor can return in two weeks, perhaps less.

Taylor, 23, was absolutely raking this season in 35 games for the Rainiers in compiling a slash of .372/.414/.593. That had club officials taking a harder look at  him as an possible alternative to Miller.

Now, that won’t happen anytime soon.

Taylor’s injury was first reported by Mike Curto in his always-excellent blog, which you should bookmark if you’re interested in the Mariners, Rainiers and the Pacific Coast League.

(And, of course, you can read Mike’s work regularly in The News Tribune.)

Taylor, 23, was absolutely raking this season in 35 games for the Rainiers in compiling a slash of .372/.414/.593.

Miller’s average is down to .154 after getting just two hits in his last 37 at-bats. His .470 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) is the lowest among qualifying players in either league. No other American League player is lower than .542.

Taylor’s injury leaves Nick Franklin as the Mariners’ top in-house alternative to Miller, but Franklin is currently in the doghouse at Tacoma after a series of mental lapses. He was pulled from Tuesday’s game after permitting a run to score because of inattention.

Franklin is among the PCL leaders in many hitting categories but was just 2-for-16 in a brief promotion last month to the big leagues.

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  1. CatusDon says:

    Something doesn’t add up with the story on Franklin.

    Listening to the Vegas game Tuesday night the Vegas announcer said Franklin appeared to injure himself while attempting to field a ball in the hole. Franklin did not return after that announcement. Also, only had a pinch hit appearance in the ninth of a 1 run game, the next game. Hopefully its only minor.

    I believe Divish who initially posted something similar indicated he didn’t know if Franklin had a scheduled day off or if it were a continuation of something else. So I think there was some speculation as to what was going on from afar.

    Franklin currently batting .516 in his last 10 games and leading PCL with a line of 384/470/667/1.146 with 6 stolen bases. Franklin must be a busy guy if he is squeezing mental lapses in between those lines. Besides I can’t imagine you pull your best offensive player because of a defensive error.

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