(I also have a post of musings on last night’s game on the Hot Stone League blog).
As strongly speculated by Eric Wedge last night, Mike Carp is headed to St. Petersburg to join the Mariners. We know this not because the Mariners have announced it, but because Carp tweeted it — which is how much news is broken in the 21st century.
Carp, who goes by the twitter handle CarpusMaximus20, tweeted: “On my way to Tampa to meet with The Big Club…. DL stint finally over. Happy to be healthy an ready to go.”
Carp, 25, replaces Miguel Olivo, headed for the DL after last night’s groin injury.
Tacoma had an off day yesterday as they traveled from Las Vegas to Tucson. I assume that he made it to Tucson last night, and caught a flight this morning, which means he should be here by game time.
Carp wasn’t exactly lighting it up with the Rainiers, hitting .137 (7-for-51) in 13 games while on a rehab assignment. He had two doubles for his only extra-base hits, and four RBIs, with 14 strikeouts. In fact, he hadn’t been swinging that great in spring training, either, as Eric Wedge recently noted. He hit .222 in Cactus League. Carp was in the Opening Day lineup in left field in Japan, hurting his shoulder on a dive in that game and going on the DL the next day.
Last year, Carp emerged from the minors to lock down the left-field job, hitting .276 with 12 homers and 46 RBIs, with a 20-game hitting streak fromj July 30 to Aug. 21. With Tacoma, he hit .343 in 66 games with 21 homers.
I’d imagine Carp will see DH time, with Jesus Montero scheduled to catch more regularly. He could also play in left or even at first base as Justin Smoak continues to struggle offensively. Lots of options for Wedge.