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June 5, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Busy night for Kyle Seager’s family on draft day

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Kyle Seager was in the clubhouse pre-game and told us about the night his family experienced yesterday.
First, his youngest brother, Corey, got drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers 18th overall. Kyle was able to race from batting practice into the clubhouse, plopped down on a sofa and then heard his brother’s name called about 15 seconds later.
“I was just jumping around all other the place,” he said. “It was special.”
Right around that time, his middle brother, Justin, who just completed his sophomore year at the University of North Carolina, was playing in a collegiate summer tournament in Green Bay, Wisc. and smacked a double. He went on to a four-hit game.
Kyle then went out and hit the home run against the Angels. So, who gets breakfast bragging rights? “I’m probably third,” Kyle Seager said.
I asked what the biggest piece of advice he gave his youngest brother was when they spoke last night.
“So, far, I told him just to enjoy this,” he said. “I told him ‘This is absolutely an amazing moment in your life. Being able to to drafted and go in the first round. You’re in high school and this is an unbelievable accomplishment for you.’ ”
So, what did his brother do? He went out and suited up for his American Legion team last night. By the way, he did not get an at-bat in the game.
“He said he got left on-deck,” Seager said. “He was on-deck to get an at-bat and the kid before him got a walkoff hit or something. So, he didn’t get an AB. It’s probably not the worst thing. Still a pretty good day.”
A family friend owns a building and put some batting cages in it so the Seager boys can all work out there in the off-season.


Seager hopes the three of them can work out together this winter in the same fashion. I asked Seager whether he’d tell his brother to come train with him at that high performance institure where he worked on his speed and explosiveness last winter.
Seager said that would probably help him quite a bit, especially for a shortstop. But he’ll let his brother decide.
On to the Mariners, Felix Hernandez isn’t playing catch today. He’ll do his exercises and then try to resume playing catch tomorrow and see where he’s at.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Hernadez is a very good judge of where his body is at physically at any given time, which makes his own job easier. For now, the team will see how things shake out up to the off-day on Thursday.
There is a possibility Hernandez will pitch on the weekend.
If not, either Tuesday or Wednesday.
If it goes that long, that would almost be the amount of time Hernandez would have had to spend on the 15-day DL. A DL stint backdated to June 1 would make him eligible to pitch a week from this coming Friday — so really, only a few days longer.
But once Hector Noesi was tabbed to start tomorrow, it eliminated any real DL need. The reason you’d put Hernandez on the DL would be to call another pitcher up from Class AAA and add him to the open spot. But with an off-day Thursday and again next Monday, they can juggle the rotation around without impacting anyone. And Hernandez can stay out just as long as he would have with a DL stint, but this way, if the team wants, it has the option of starting him much earlier.
So, he could stay out as long as he would have on the DL, but not putting him there removes the time minimum he has to be out. Gives the team more flexibility to do things this way, since they don’t need the AAA arm.
The lineups:
MARINERS
RF Ichiro
2B Dustin Ackley
3B Kyle Seager
DH Jesus Montero
1B Justin Smoak
C John Jaso
LF Mike Carp
Cf Michael Saunders
SS Brendan Ryan
RHP Blake Beavan
ANGELS
CF Mike Trout
SS Maicer Izturis
1B Albert Pujols
DH Kendrys Morales
LF Mark Trumbo
RF Torii Hunter
3B Alberto Callaspo
C Hank Conger
SS Erick Aybar
RHP Garrett Richards

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