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June 22, 2007 at 5:06 PM

Baek to the DL

Well, we wrote this morning that Cha Seung Baek was likely headed to Class AAA Tacoma. But the Mariners don’t do that when they have to make a pitching move. They send guys off to the disabled list. Hey, if MLB has no problem with it, why should we? Baek becomes the third starting pitcher for the Mariners in six weeks to head to the DL with some type of shoulder tendinitis. Is this just a coincidence, some crafty roster shuffling, or should we be getting worried about the between-start routines these guys have been on? I mean, Jeff Weaver, Horacio Ramirez and now Baek. Not to mention Felix Hernandez’s elbow injury, all the relievers on the DL? This seems like an epidemic of arm injuries. The Florida Marlins fired pitching coach Brad Arnsberg a few years back for this sort of thing.
My guess? Nothing to be alarmed about. This little “rehab” that Baek will be doing is more about pitching than it is about serious hurt. The official Mariners release calls it: “inflammation in his right shoulder”, a condition that describes just about every pitcher in the majors after any outing. So, in the spirit of goodwill, we here at blog-central wish Baek the speediest of recoveries.
By the way, left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith has been recalled from Class AAA to work out of the bullpen. That ought to make Australia happy. Mariners just became even more international, replacing the Aussie quotient that was lost in the Chris Snelling deal.
Love the discussion on Ken Griffey Jr. Please keep it going in the thread down below and, please, “Everett fan” it’s been a great debate so far, don’t start calling people idiots. You’re better than that.
Also, to the folks who keep suggesting the obvious, that I wasn’t here before Sept. 2006, I have two things to say about it:
First off, you should realize that I covered every Mariners playoff game in 2000 and the ALCS in 2001. Seen plenty more Mariners playoff games firsthand than even some of you have, in opposing ballparks, too. Just saying this for when you suggest I wasn’t here for the glory years. I was here at the franchise’s biggest playoff moments of the past decade and know what the city went through at that time. Not pretending to know everything. I clearly don’t. Just trying to clarify some notions a few of you may have.
Second, obviously, I wasn’t here for the Griffey playoffs in 1995. So please, tell me what it is that I don’t get. Explain what I don’t understand. Tell me please, what is the great hidden bond between this city and Griffey all about? What is it that I, as an “outsider”, cannot possibly understand? What is it that’s different about Griffey-Seattle and any other city with a star athlete who leaves? As a Montreal Expos fan, I was sad when Gary Carter left. Got over it. And he won a World Series with the Mets two years later! That hurt. Carter got the Expos within a game — make that an inning — of the World Series in 1981, closer than the M’s have been. Carter was the team’s first all-star MVP. He was the face of the franchise. A homegrown talent. A hall-of-famer. What is so different here? Please explain. Do it in the Griffey thread, though. It’s a good one. One of our best yet. Congrats on the quality of debate. You are all rising above the typical fray.

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