Not sure whether to be as quick as the Mariners in filing this under the “good news” category, but pitcher Shawn Kelley underwent what is being described as “partial Tommy John” surgery and could be ready to play catch in four months.
I’ll say, from the outset, that partial Tommy John surgery is better than full-blown Tommy John, or ulnar collateral ligament transplant surgery. The usual prognosis for that latter one is 12 to 18 months, so this sounds better.
Kelley had full-blown Tommy John surgery back in 2003.
“There was a little bit of wearing, or fraying, in another spot close to the joint that they were able to fix,” Mariners manager Daren Brown said.
But will it leave Kelley ready to begin next season? That, I wouldn’t go too far out on a limb about. Remember last year, with Erik Bedard, how we were told he was coming along real well in his rehab? Well, that never went very far, did it? So, let’s be optimistic, but not go too crazy on this until we actually see Kelley up and pitching in spring training.
In other news, Brown said Milton Bradley is continuing in his rehab from that arthroscopic knee surgery, but would not be ready to return — if at all — until the final week of the season. That means he likely is done playing at all this year.
Spoke to Adam Moore about last night and his decisive single in the eighth inning. The hit came with two strikes on him and shattered his bat.
“All he kept throwing me was sliders, every single pitch,” Moore said.
But Moore got enough of one and muscled it over the head of second baseman Howie Kendrick.
Moore said he was happy to help the Mariners pull out the win, given how he’d been nabbed taking too wide a turn rounding third base in the second inning. Moore said he mistook the signal given him by third base coach Lee Tinsley.
Moore thought Tinsley was pointing towards home plate, telling him to go. But Tonsley was actually pointing at the play behind him where shortstop Erick Aybar had cut across the diamond to snare an Ichiro infield hit. Moore said he knew he was a dead duck when he looked up and saw Aybar running towards him pump-faking the throw.
LF Reggie Willits
3B Alberto Callaspo
2B Howie Kendrick
RF Torii Hunter
C Mike Napoli
1B Juan Rivera
DH Hideki Matsui
SS Brandon Wood
CF Peter Bourjos
RHP Trevor Bell
2B Chone Figgins
CF Franklin Gutierrez
DH Russell Branyan
3B Jose Lopez
1B Casey Kotchman
LF Michael Saunders
C Adam Moore
SS Josh Wilson
LHP Jason Vargas