This rates as a bit of a surprise, though not much of one when you give it some thought. The Mariners have selected catcher Chris Gimenez from Class AAA Tacoma to fill in as their backup catcher with Adam Moore facing knee surgery.
Moore has been placed on the 60-day disabled list.
There was a wide assumption that Josh Bard would be called up, but when you think about it, Gimenez is not really considered an everyday catcher. He’s more of a utility guy who can play the outfield and infield corners.
In fact, it looked towards the end of spring training as if Gimenez might make the squad given the fragility of Miguel Olivo and concerns about the outfield. Instead, the team took Luis Rodriguez.
Bard now stays in Tacoma as the everyday catcher. Had Gimenez been down there, it’s not certain he’d have been as strong on a daily basis.
In Seattle, he won’t have to catch more than a couple of times per week and gives them added infield and outfield depth.