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.
“It’s pretty sore,” Franklin said.
When it came to replacing Franklin at …