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June 21, 2007 at 5:15 PM

Longer leash for Feierabend

OK, just when you all thought I had this Ryan Feierabend situation sorted out in the last post, word moments ago from Mike Hargrove is that the 21-year-old is in the rotation for the next little while. What does that mean? Well, Hargrove still sees Cha Seung Baek as a starter in the organization. So, when Sean Green comes back tomorrow or Saturday (he’s off to see his seriously ill grandmother), it’s very possible that Baek will be sent back to Class AAA. For now, Baek is filling the long relief role in Green’s absence.
But Hargrove said this won’t be a game-by-game thing for Feierabend.
“Nobody deserves that, going start to start,” Hargrove said. “How many starts? I don’t know, but it won’t be one and it won’t be two.”
Hargrove said a lot of things about Feierabend being part of the organization’s future and how “sometimes, it’s time to give kids a look.”
I like that reasoning. It’s doubtful the M’s are off to the post-season this year. The sooner they integrate Feierabend into the team, the more likely he is to pay dividends in the near term. Same for some other guys, like Adam Jones and Wladimir Balentien — the latter, by the way, will be off to the Futures Game during all-star week in San Francisco. That’s a bit of news we just got.
So, to answer the questions about the M’s picking up Milton Bradley, I just don’t see that happening. He’s been injury-prone and that’s the last thing the M’s need. Seattle is happy enough with the job Jose Guillen has done in right field and the M’s will have to find room for Adam Jones and Balentien to play at some point. Crowding up the outfield even more doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
Bradley as a DH instead of Jose Vidro? I don’t see that, either. Again, health is a big concern with Bradley. They already have a talented bench guy in Ben Broussard who could be a DH improvement power-wise over Vidro (though Broussard doesn’t switch-hit). And the M’s have $12 million tied up in Vidro this year and next. They aren’t going to dump Vidro that soon, even with an on-base-plus slugging percentage (OPS) of just .703. I just don’t see Bradley coming here.
Richie Sexson gets a little reward of sorts for hitting his second consecutive home run and extending his hitting streak to three games. He’s going to bat…seventh in the order again. Aha! Fooled you, didn’t I? But seriously, once the Mariners won last night’s gane, there was no way the lineup was going to be switched back to what it was when they were losing.
Here are the lineups:
PITTSBURGH
3B Jose Bautista
CF Nate McLouth
DH Freddy Sanchez
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Jason Bay
C Ryan Doumit
RF Xavier Nady
2B Jose Castillo
SS Jack Wilson
RHP John Van Benschoten (too bad it’s not Dutch Night at Safeco)
SEATTLE
CF Ichiro
2B Jose Lopez
LF Raul Ibanez
RF Jose Guillen
C Kenji Johjima
3B Adrian Beltre
1B Richie Sexson
DH Jose Vidro
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
RHP Felix Hernandez

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