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May 20, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Tuesday’s pregame notes — Corey Hart placed on 15-day disabled list, Nick Franklin recalled from Tacoma

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Updated 4 p.m. (one hour earlier than Kendrys Morales time)

McClendon said that he’s been told that Hart is out four to six weeks.

McClendon on the DH:

“We gotta find one,” McClendon said. “We don’t have one. Franklin’s DHing tonight. But I think we’d all agree he’s not a typical DH. It is what is. We’ll make due and do the best that we can just like we did with our pitching and everything else.”

McClendon said he will mix and match. We could see a variety of players DHing for the time being.

On Franklin:

“I haven’t told him anything other than stay hot and swing the bat good. There are plenty of spots for guys that are swinging the bats good. I imagine he will play some outfield, he’ll play some shortstop, he’ll DH, if Robby DHs, he may play second.”

On DHing Cano some for rest days:

“I will talk to him and see how he’s feeling. A lot of it depends on his legs. He prefers to play the field. But it’s nice to get him in there at DH and still have his bat in the line-up.”


Updated 3:03 Jerry Jones time 

The Rangers haven’t released their line-up quite yet.

So Taijuan Walker and James Paxton threw their simulated games. Walker threw two innings – totaling 35 pitches. Paxton threw three innings, totaling 53 pitches.

Here’s some video of Paxton’s sim game

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“I felt good,” Paxton said. “I felt the ball was coming out better today, my change-up was better today. I was hitting my spots a little better today. I feel like it’s coming around.”

Did it feel better than his last sim game?

“It was definitely better this time,” he said. “It was step forward with my command and making pitches. I felt like I made more pitches today than the other day.”

There was definitely an increased intensity from Paxton in this outing. He threw a few blazing fastballs.

“I was letting a few more go today,” Paxton said. “I was feeling really good. It’s time to step it up and get back in that game mode.”

Speaking of game mode,  what’s next?

“I think the next step is rehab starts,” he said. “I feel like I’m ready for it, ready to get in some games and get back.”

Here’s some video of Walker’s sim game.

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“I threw everything,” he said. “Everything felt good. My mechanics felt good. I felt like everything was in sync. My balance point was good.”

Walker had some interesting comments about his mechanics and adjusting how he finishes pitches. This is something a few scouts, and ESPN’s Keith Law pointed out last season.

“One of the biggest things I’ve been working on is finishing more to put less stress on my arm,” he said “Last year, I wasn’t finishing that much and I was standing tall. I’ve put it into my throwing program and in everything I do – finishing and over-exaggerate it so when I get on the mound I feel like I finish and getting out over my front foot and my hand is getting out in front. Rick (Griffin) noticed it and he said if you get out in front it will take pressure off your arm.”

Walker has noticed the difference since making the adjustment.

“In 2011, I was finishing pitches,” he said. “In 2012 and 2013, for some reason I was standing up more. I think cause my legs were tight and hips were tight. I’ve been in the weight room making sure I get my hips are loose so I get over my front leg and get out in front and finish.”

“I woke up on the wrong side of the bed and had a stiff neck and stiff back,” Franklin said. “Just a few kinks that kept me from my full potential.”

Nick Franklin met with the media. He’s DHing tonight for the Mariners.

Manager Lloyd McClendon didn’t tell him what his role will be with the team. Franklin wasn’t too concerned.

“I’m ready to rock and roll and ready to do anything that comes my way,” he said.

As for DHing, he’s comfortable with it.

“It’s not going to change anything just as long as I’m hitting ,” he said. “I’m going to preprare myself for each AB, make sure I pay attention to what goes on and make sure i’m still in the game.”


From earlier 

As expected, the Mariners have made a roster move, placing Corey Hart on the 15-day disabled list and recalling infielder Nick Franklin from Class AAA Tacoma.

Franklin flew to Texas on Monday, while Hart was in Seattle being examined by team doctors. After undergoing a MRI and being examined by Dr. Edward Khalfayan, Hart was diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring sprain. What’s a Grade 2 hamstring strain? Well, to go all Ron Fairly, it’s not as bad as a Grade 3 Hamstring strain. Here’s a better explanation. .

With a grade 2 hamstring strain your walking pattern will be affected and you will most likely be limping. Sudden twinges of hamstring pain during activity will be present. You may notice some hamstring muscle swelling and your hamstring will be tender to palpate. It will also be painful for you to bend your knee against resistance.

Franklin will be joining the Marines for the second time this season. He went 2-for-16 (.125) in 7 games April 16-23. In 30 games with the Tacoma Rainiers he was batting .376 (41×109) with 21 runs scored, 7 doubles, 7 home runs and 26 RBI. In 19 games since rejoining Tacoma, Franklin batted .364 (24×66) with 12 runs, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 13 RBI and 17 walks (1.049 OPS).


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