As expected, Nick Franklin is out of the line-up after needing five stitches in his knee last night.
Acting manager Robby Thompson said he hopes that Franklin will be back for Friday or Saturday’s games Seattle. The issue isn’t the stitches. Mariners trainers assured him that Franklin would be able to play with them. They could protect the stitches with padding.
“Obviously, it’s going to have to be protected pretty well,” Thompson said.
However, the pain in Franklin’s knee is more of the issue.
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik announced that hard-throwing reliever Stephen Pryor is being shut down for the season with an injury to his triceps muscle.
Pryor, who has been on some form of the disabled list since April 15 with a torn lat muscle, was rehabbing the injury with Triple A Tacoma when he felt pain in the triceps of his throwing arm while warming up on Friday. They scratched him from his outing. He had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on the arm on Saturday and Mariners team doctor Edward Khalfayan and the training staff reviewed the results.
The postgame hopes that the injury to Mike Zunino’s left wrist wasn’t serious were crushed on Friday afternoon, much like the bone in his wrist.
After a MRI on Friday morning, Zunino was diagnosed with a broken hamate bone in the wrist. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
The corresponding roster move has yet to be announced. But according to a source within the Mariners’ organization, it will be veteran Humberto Quintero, who was designated for assignment by the Phillies two days ago.
Left-hander Danny Hultzen was scratched from his start on Tuesday night at Cheney Stadium by the Rainiers’ coaching staff for precautionary reasons after struggling to get loose pregame.
This definitely concerning for the Mariners since Hultzen had the same thing happen to him in April and he was shut down with a strained rotator cuff. He missed almost two months of the season.
There is no word yet to the extend of Hultzen’s issue. This would have been his second start since returning from the injury. On Thursday, he looked solid pitching six scoreless innings for the Rainiers.
Here’s some of what manager Eric Wedge had to say after:
On Felix Hernandez’s health: He was just having trouble catching his breath, so we just had to give him a blow out there. He got a little bit too amped up for a few moments. So Rick went out there and slowed him down for a few minutes and he was fine.
On Hernandez’s performance: He’s throwing the ball well. He’s strong. He had to work early on to find it and kind of get into the groove. But once he did, then he was much more efficient from then on. He did a great job. I can’t say enough about what he’s doing.
On changing things: “We can’t keep watching this. We have to be better offensively. When we do create opportunites, we’re not taking advantage of it. Having said that, we have to create more opportunites because you’re not going to come through every time, but we’ve damn sure got to do better than we’re doing right now. I know we’re beat up, we’re tired, I appreciate all that. But we’ve got to stick our nose in there and do a better job of fighting through ABs. We’ve got veterans out there, we’ve got young kids out there. Regardless or where they’re at, we’ve got to collectively be better offensively. … We’re trying everything we can. You make a move here, you make a move there. Right now we’re trying to get some of these guys back healthy. We’ve made moves that we’ve had to make already.
We had a chance to win yesterday and today and we didn’t do it. Until the offense gets going you have to fight through every game. You’ve got to get going offensively so you can loosen up and play. We’ve got guys out there capable of doing it, but they’ve got to do it.”
The Mariners made several moves this morning, in the wake of catcher Jesus Sucre’s injury suffered yesterday.
Here’s the word from manager Eric Wedge:
We’re hoping it’s a three or four day deal, so that’s good news. We’ve got Brandon Bantz up here. If Sucre is going to be down we’ve got to have somebody that can play. We sent down Carlos Triunfel down this morning after we got the news on Sucre. So we’re a little bit thin, but we’re doing what we have to do. It’s part of the big-league season.