The Mariners had said just yesterday that they would not be calling any players up on to expanded Setpember rosters until after Class AAA Tacoma completes its season on Monday. Well, that plan lasted some 24 hours, because the Mariners today called up pitcher Erasmo Ramirez and outfielder Carlos Peguero.
Both moves were made in response to some of what took place during last night’s 9-1 demolition at the hands of the Angels.
Michael Saunders hurt his groin again when he tried to play on it. It’s supposedly no more serious than it was when he sat out all of the previous week, though manager Eric Wedge said this morning that Saunders won’t play for “a couple of days.”
With the Mariners this year, a couple of days or a couple of weeks has often turned into much longer with some players so we’ll wait until we see Saunders back out there before declaring that this is no big deal. Clearly, Saunders had trouble making that rather routine running catch on the Torii Hunter flyball in last night’s fourth inning, so it’s the right decision by the team not to push things by sending him back out there.
“Sometimes, you just don’t know until you get him up to game speed,” Wedge said.
So, we know why Peguero is back up. The team needs outfield depth.
As for Ramirez, we’ll just have to see about that one. Wedge said Ramirez is ready for bullpen use today in an emergency, though the team would rather not use him as he just started a game two days ago.
But is he really here for bullpen depth? I doubt it. As was mentioned last night, the Mariners might want to back Kevin Millwood off a bit and Ramirez could start instead of him next Wednesday if the team was so inclined.
Wedge said he’d like to wait until all the players are up here by next Tuesday before making any plans on Ramirez starting. That makes sense, since the coaching staff needs to gauge where everybody is at and map out a plan for the final four weeks of the season.
Whatever the team decides, he added, winning games will take priority.
All that remains is to decide whether the team would have a better chance of winning games with Millwood on the mound, or Ramirez in his spot. Some of what Millwood shows on the mound between starts these next few games could determine that.
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
27 John Jaso (L) C
63 Jesus Montero DH
10 Eric Thames (L) RF
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
12 Trayvon Robinson (S) LF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
34 Felix Hernandez RHP