The Mariners will attempt to solve the Kansas City Royals today in the finale of a four-game series that’s sent fans into crisis mode already as they try to figure out this 4-11 team. In the photo above, you see longtime FSN and now ROOT Sports cameraman Chris Allard, who has traveled with the Mariners the past four years doing all of the pre-and-post-game shots you often see Brad Adam or Angie Mentink talking over.
Well, Allard is working his final road game ever today. And after the next homestand, he’ll be moving to the great country north of here, with his wife, a Vancouver, B.C. native. He’s already scored a job with Global TV up there and knows a good, strong dollar when he sees it. So, we wish him well.
Back to the Mariners, manager Eric Wedge has scheduled a full-squad early workout at Safeco Field tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. That’s pretty unusual, at least since the days when Jim Riggleman was running the team during the final months of 2008.
Wedge has been pretty good when it comes to players getting Sundays off from batting practice. Not today, mind you, because they had that time off before yesterday’s game.
But it’s tough to miss the message being sent with tomorrow’s early work.
Wedge said his message yesterday should have been received loud and clear.
“I want them to show up here expecting more from themselves,” Wedge said. “I really can’t say it any better than that. I mean, more from themselves individually. More from each area of our club. And more from our club as a whole.”
Wedge was asked whether he’s done the equivalent of putting his players on-notice.
“There is no ulterior motive to my message,” he said. “I mean, my message is my message. It’s point blank. It’s right out there in front of them, live and in color. There’s no reading between the lines. I’ve made it very clear as to how I feel. I just want what’s best for the Seattle Mariners and what’s best for each individual on this club. If I don’t feel like we’re doing some of the things that we need to do, then it’s my job that I explain that to them.”
In other news, Franklin Gutierrez has flown back to Seattle to meet with team medical specialists there and determine the next course of action.
David Aardsma is to begin his rehabilitation assignment on Tuesday with Class AAA Tacoma. The team will have Aardsma throw once — likely not in a closing situation — then figure out how to schedule his next outings from there.