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August 6, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Mariners’ lineup, pre-game notes for Monday

Mariners (51-59)
13 Dustin Ackley 2B
55 Michael Saunders CF
63 Jesus Montero DH
27 John Jaso C
15 Kyle Seager 3B
20 Mike Carp 1B
33 Casper Wells LF
10 Eric Thames RF
61 Muninori Kawasaki SS
38 Jason Vargas LHP
Orioles (57-51)
21 Nick Markakis RF
11 Robert Andino 3B
2 JJ Hardy SS
10 Adam Jones CF
32 Matt Wieters C
19 Chris Davis DH
51 Lew Ford LF
12 Mark Reynolds 1B
35 Omar Quintanilla 2B
30 Chris Tilman RHP
UPDATE 6:18 P.M., BALTIMORE TIME: Batting practice has ended, and still no Mike Carp sighting. But he remains in the lineup, with word his plane has landed. This is cutting it close.
As you can see, Mike Carp is in the lineup, but Brendan Ryan isn’t. As I write this (5:40 p.m., Baltimore time), the Mariners are taking batting practice, and Carp is still not at the ballpark. But his plane from California has landed, and he’s heading over. You’ll recall that he flew out Saturday night to see his new baby girl, and flew back today.
“Carpy’s on his way, and should be ready to play,” manager Eric Wedge told us in his pre-game session.

Ryan, on the other hand, needs one more day for his bruised left elbow to heal. He’s available for pinch-running duty, and the hope is that he’ll play tomorrow against lefty starter Zach Britton. The Mariners need all the right-handed bats they can get.
Ryan’s elbow is still swollen, which is hampering his range of motion.
“I’d be lying if I told you my forearm’s normally that big,” he said, showing his arm to reporters. “It looks like some extra muscle but that’s certainly not the case. It’s just the swelling. That’s what’s keeping me from my range of motion. I’m going to go out and run around, get the blood moving around.
“It’s a waiting game. There’s nothing more you can do. I’s a lot better than yesterday. I’m going to try to play tomorrow. I’d imagine if it improved this much each day, it should be twice as good as the day before. Yesterday, I was available for pinch-running, same thing today. The plan is to be in the lineup tomorrow. Unless it didn’t get better at all, I’m pretty sure I’ll be in there tomorrow.”
Wedge was asked about Erasmo Ramirez, who was activated from the DL yesterday and optioned to Tacoma. It’s a bookkeeping move that keeps him in Tacoma, where he had already been, on a rehab assignment. Ramirez is coming off a start where he didn’t allow an earned run in sixinnings against Oklahoma City on Saturday.
“Now he’s got to earn his way back up here, it’s as simple as that,” Wedge said. “Our starting pitching up here has been pretty good. He’s a young pitcher. His last outing was better. His outing before wasn’t very good. He just needs to be more consistent and earn his way back up, no different than (Hector) Noesi or anyone else down there.”
Charlie Furbush’s return is more imminent. He’ll pitch tonight for Tacoma, and “if he feels good and everytthing’s fine, we’ll get him back up here,” Wedge said. “We’ll just see how he goes tonight.”
Franklin Gutierrez “had a pretty good day yesterday. But he has to string them together before he starts playing.”

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