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July 31, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Carter Capps, Stephen Pryor, Eric Thames join Mariners for start of post-deadline stretch

Tonight begins the post-trade-deadline stretch encompassing the final two months of the 2012 season. The Mariners finalized their roster moves this afternoon by calling up Carter Capps (photo above) and Stephen Pryor to join the bullpen tonight.
Eric Thames joined his new team as well after last night’s trade from Toronto. Asked how he viewed the deal, Thames quipped: “As a win for the Mariners.”
Funny guy. He’s got some of the biggest forearms I’ve ever seen, too. Dustin Ackley has seen them as well, having teamed with Thames in the Arizona Fall League in 2009.

“Oh yeah, he’s always been that way,” Ackley said. “He was one of the strongest guys on the team. He was a really good player, a good hitter. Hits for power and he’s a good runner, too.”
Thames found out about the trade last night while his Las Vegas team was playing AAA Salt Lake. He fouled off a pitch during his fourth at-bat of the game and then his hitting coach called him into the dugout to let him know about the trade.
He says he got to bed about midnight, but only slept three hours because he was so excited.
“I’m excited,” he said. “We’ve got two months left, this is a building year for this organization and I’m excited to get to know these players and this team and be a driving force with them.”
So, what was he working on in AAA in order to get back to the majors?
“It was my first time dealing with some of the intangible things in baseball,” he said. “As a ballplayer, you can’t control everything. You can’t control where you get sent or if the organization’s happy with you, or if you’re driving the ball or not. So, I had to ust focus on myself in them inor leagues, focus on playing the game the right way. Respect it. Play hard and the chips will fall where they should.”
Capps and Pryor are two 100 mph flamethrowers. As for Capps, he pitched in just one game for Class AAA Tacoma, but when you’ve got 100 mph stuff, it’s the same in AA as it is in AAA or the majors. We could see either of those guys tonight.
“I was only in Tacoma for a few days,” Capps said. “But I was doing the same as at (AA) Jackson. Just working on my off-speed (stuff) and trying to keep the ball down.”
Capps says “it’s unbelievable” to be up here now after just a few days in AAA.
“It’s taller than I thought it was,” Capps said of Safeco Field. “There are a lot of seats in here. I didn’t realize that. You don’t really appreciate it when you see it on TV.”

Yeah, it’s all a little bigger up at ths level. Anyhow, should be fun to see Capps, Pryor and Tom Wilhelmsen back-to-back-to-back at some point.
One guy we probably won’t be seeing up here this year is Danny Hultzen. The Mariners are going to be scaling back on his workload this final month of the Class AAA season, given what he’s done so far.
“We just want to monitor him, how much he’s throwing and maybe push him back a day or two here and there,” Mariners manager Jack Zduriencik said. “We just want to make sure he’s strong, he’s healthy and he gets through the season OK and in the best shape possible.”
It’s important to remember that Hultzen is only in his first full season as a pro. He already pitched in the Arizona Fall League, then in spring training and now in Class AA and AAA.
So far, he hasn’t dominated in AAA the way he did earlier, which is pretty normal for a guy who was in college a year ago. Those wondering whether he’ll be up here with the team in September, I’d say he has to show something in AAA first. Otherwise, with these plans by the team to scale back the workload, I can’t see any real benefit to bringing him up this year.
But we’ll see.
The lineups:
Blue Jays (51-51)
13 Brett Lawrie 3B
28 Colby Rasmus (L) CF
10 Edwin Encarnacion DH
30 David Cooper (L) 1B
5 Yunel Escobar SS
2 Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
11 Rajai Davis LF
6 Jeff Mathis C
14 Moises Sierra RF
32 Aaron Laffey LHP
Mariners (48-57)
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
33 Casper Wells RF
55 Michael Saunders (L) CF
63 Jesus Montero DH
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
20 Mike Carp (L) 1B
30 Miguel Olivo C
12 Trayvon Robinson (S) LF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
38 Jason Vargas LHP

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