Good show today. We were able to get you some news, with manager Eric Wedge answering a question about when the cut-off date is for Franklin Gutierrez to get back on the field so he won’t have to start the season on the DL. Here’s the clip of that post-game exchange.
No, Wedge did not sound very confident about Gutierrez making it back in time.
Here’s what Wedge had to say about Michael Saunders and his revamped batting stance, something that could come into play quite early this season if Gutierrez can’t make the opening bell.
A few of us spoke to Saunders after the game. He had that two-run homer in a wild ninth inning that nearly brought the M’s all the way back.
Saunders said he feels more comfortable with his improved stance, which enables him to keep his hands back in a firing position until the last possible moment before committing to a pitch.
That approach helped him double the opposite way off Bruce Chen in the third inning. It also helped him stay back on a hanging curve ball in the ninth that he belted fof the homer.
“It’s definitely helped me go the other way,” Saunders said. “My approach is up the middle, other way now. It’s helped me stay back instead of lunging towards the ball now. I’m excited. I feel like I’ve had some early success with it. I’ve been tinkering with it the last two years or so and it’s finally something I’m really excited about.”
In other news, Miguel Olivo went 1-for-4 in that minor league game in Surprise, Ariz. Olivo was just the DH this time after catching three innings in a minor league game yesterday.
Brandon League continued to struggle today, giving up a run on three hits. He looked to have better command in some at-bats, but could use a 1-2-3 inning or two more before breaking camp.