Manager Eric Wedge said Tom Wilhelmsen, who has worked the last two games and blew yesterday’s save, won’t be used today.
“We’ll give him a day today. But he’ll be back out there tomorrow,” Wedge said. “He put a lot of energy into that game yesterday, so it’s a good day to give him off.”
If the Mariners have a closing situation today, “We’ll just match up as best we can later in the ballgame,” Wedge said.
Jeremy Bonderman makes his first major-league start today since the end of the 2010 season and won’t be on a pitch count or any restrictions, having worked all season at Tacoma.
Justin Smoak, placed on the DL today, said he just wasn’t making much progress from his oblique injury.
“The last two or three days it’s still the same, really,” he said. “It hasn’t taken a step forward, hasn’t taken a step backwards, it’s just kind of stayed the same. The first couple of days were encouraging. I was thinking it wasn’t going to be that long. It ust kind of stayed the same.
“Left-handed, I haven’t been able to do much. I don’t want to go out there and be a right-handed hitter, and a righty gets out on the mound and we have to take me out or go up there righty. It’s one of those things where it is what it is. Get better, and be back soon. I’ve done it before. I’d rather be out a little over a week or whatever it is rather than month and half or so. We have a lot of season left, and I’d rather miss a little time than a lot.”
Smoak said he’ll continue his strengthening exercises but will back off from swinging for three or four days.
“It’s just nagging, so let it heal and go from there,” he said.
Wedge said that with Michael Morse also unable to play he felt it was best to put Smoak on the DL to keep an extra position player — Alex Liddi — on the roster. Morse has been out the entire road trip with a quad injury.
“I’m hoping to get him at first base some time early to mid week,” Wedge said of Morse. “Start out there and then get him back to the outfield. He’ll hit today, and we’ll see how that works out, have him move around a little more and see how the leg feels.”