Just got up from the clubhouse and they’ve pushed the game’s start time back until at least 2 p.m. Pacific time. That pretty much cancels out any shot at a doubleheader today and, frankly, increases the likelihood the Mariners will stay here tomorrow. That’s one of the scenarios being envisioned should both games be rained out today. And the deeper we go into the day without any game, the greater the chance the team stays behind. They won’t start a game in weather like this and they won’t start it at 9 p.m. Pacific time either, so…
Right now, player reps David Aardsma and Brandon Morrow are in contact with liaison Mike Myers and the union’s head office. This is not a usual situation. There are playoff implications involved for the Rangers, who are calling the shots on when this first game begins. The umpires take control once a game starts. Prior to that, the home team makes the decisions on when to play.
Should the game be delayed until tomorrow, the Mariners would have some involvement in the process.
By the way, for those wondering: Morrow is the official player rep while Aardsma is an assistant player rep. In other words, if Morrow get sent to AAA, as he was earlier this year, then Aardsma steps in. Garrett Olson was handling those duties as well before he was sent down.
Adam Moore is expected to arrive at the ballpark shortly, but, in a rather surprising twist, manager Don Wakamatsu says he doesn’t expect him to play more than a couple of games between now and season’s end. Wakamatsu has been saying for weeks that any call-ups in September would be because they are needed by the team, not really as a “reward” for their season. But if Moore gets in only a couple of games, that’s exactly what this would be. You need more than that to evaluate a guy.
As for Matt Tuiasosopo, the Mariners won’t be using him exclusively at third base. He’ll be moved around the infield a bit — Wakamatsu noted that he played second base in Class AAA — as a defensive replacement type of player.
September 13, 2009 at 10:15 AM