Nothing too earth-shattering from the pre-game stuff, but some interesting news and notes nonetheless. So here we go. …
— Corey Hart, who suffered what is officially being called a strained left hamstring Sunday against the Twins, said he had a Platelet-rich Plasma injection on Monday as he begins his rehab. Hart said it takes a while to recover from the injection so he’s doing what he can, but that it’s still far too early to determine when he will return.
— Stefan Romero will DH tonight in place of Hart, the third different DH in the three games Hart has missed. “We’ve just got to fill the DH some kind of way,” said manager Lloyd McClendon, “So mixing and matching and hopefully we can strike gold. We’ll see.”
— Nick Franklin is playing shortstop for the first time since he’s been back with the team. McClendon said it’s just trying to get him out there and “we’ll see what happens.”
— OF Logan Morrison, out with a strained right hamstring, remains scheduled to begin a rehab assignment tomorrow in Tacoma.
— P Taijuan Walker will throw a simulated game tomorrow — likely three innings and 50 pitches or so. McClendon said they’ll see how that goes and then make a decision on what happens next. But a rehab outing could be soon if that goes well.
— P James Paxton threw on the sidelines today and if he recovers well from that he also will likely go on a rehab outing this weekend, possibly starting Sunday in Tacoma.
Finally, here are the full lineups for tonight’s game:
|Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners
Thursday, May 22, 2014 – Safeco Field (7:10 pm)
|Houston Astros (17-30)||Seattle Mariners (22-23)|
|27||Jose Altuve||2B||99||James Jones (L)||CF|
|21||Dexter Fowler (S)||CF||55||Michael Saunders (L)||RF|
|30||Matt Dominguez||3B||22||Robinson Cano (L)||2B|
|15||Jason Castro (L)||C||15||Kyle Seager (L)||3B|
|23||Chris Carter||DH||17||Justin Smoak (S)||1B|
|14||Jesus Guzman||1B||13||Dustin Ackley (L)||LF|
|28||L.J. Hoes||LF||7||Stefen Romero||DH|
|6||Jonathan Villar (S)||SS||6||Nick Franklin (S)||SS|
|8||Alex Presley (L)||RF||3||Mike Zunino||C|
|Starting Pitcher||Starting Pitcher|
|48||Jarred Cosart (3-3, 4.41)||RHP||29||Roenis Elias (3-3, 3.88)||LHP|