Mariners pitcher Jarrod Washburn is having a hard time going incognito these days. If it isn’t his name being flashed in trade rumors by media outlets from Seattle to New York, his views on what Major League Baseball and the Players Association should do about unsealing the full list of 104 names of players who failed that steroids test in 2003 should get him some attention. David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez were both said, in a New York Times story today, to have failed the test.
“If you keep coming out every couple of months with a couple of names here and a couple of names there, it’s just going to drag on for years and years and years and keep re-opening a wound that we’re trying hard to close,” Washburn said, “So, I don’t know what can be done. But obviously names are going to keep getting leaked off this list. Just get the whole thing out and get it over with.”
Hear that part of Washburn’s quotes and some more right here.
Washburn was on the Angels in 2004 when the Ramirez-Ortiz-led Red Sox beat them in the division series. He was even on the mound when Ortiz hit a series-winning walk-off homer off him.
“I hung a slider,” Washburn said with a shrug and a grin.
So, no lasting bitterness about beaing beaten by “cheating” players?
“I’m past the point of losing sleep over having to compete against that,” he said. “And wondering what could have been and all that.”
Click here for that quote and some more Washburn comments.
No, he doesn’t know whether he’s about to be traded.
On to the Mariners, manager Don Wakamatsu is keeping Russell Branyan out of the lineup yet again because of back stiffness. But he will ,we’re told, be OK and dandy to go tomorrow night. That’s after the trade deadline of course, and will do nothing to quell rumors the Mariners are shopping him. But that’s what we know. He’s been hitting off a tee and looked good to the manager.
Adrian Beltre will likely not need a rehabilitation assignment before being activated on Tuesday in Kanas City. Wakamatsu said he’d consider a rehab stint in them inors if something looked off with Beltre’s swing. But it hasn’t been problematic so far.
In the photo below, Beltre talks to new teammate Jack Wilson.
“This is a bat,” Beltre tells Wilson. “Use it to hit your weight and the Seattle fans will love you compared to what came previously.”
OK, maybe not.
Erik Bedard is going to play an extended version of catch tomorrow. It’s not a bullpen but Wakamatsu wants to keep Bedard’s arm stretched out so that, when he does return, he won;t face the same issues of having to build up his pitch count slowly like he did in July. The team is running out of season to do that in. Wakamatsu said Bedard’s arm appears to be responding to the anti-inflammatory medication he was given, so fingers are crossed and he’ll resume throwing tomorrow.
Ian Snell has been optioned to Class AAA. No word yet on where he’ll slot into the Tacoma rotation.