Update 5:30 p.m.
As expected, Blake Beavan has been moved to the 60-day disabled list, which opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for Chavez.
The last time Cano didn’t start in back-to-back games was on Aug. 2-3, 2008.
Update 5:24 p.m.
From Cano on his hand: “I feel better than I felt yesterday. Maybe tomorrow. It’s up to the manager.”
Brandon Maurer isn’t going to the DL, he’s being optioned to Class AAA Tacoma, with Endy Chavez replacing him on the 25-man roster. The corresponding 40-man roster move to make room for Chavez has yet to be announced.
Update 4:33 p.m.
Sorry for the delay, we were down waiting to talk to Cano, who is getting treatment. We never did get a chance to talk to him.
He has a minor contusion on his left hand between the thumb and index finger. That soft part of muscle there is badly bruised. Hitters get them from getting jammed on inside pitches. It’s a common nuisance injury for hitters. But if it isn’t treated, it can lead to something worse. Justin Smoak battled one for almost all of the 2012 season. McClendon said Cano is day to day.
“We’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” McClendon said.
If you look at the new line-up above, you’ll see Endy Chavez at the top of the order. Yes, Endy Chavez.
Brandon Maurer had a MRI today after he felt pain his back after last night’s start. The Mariners will place him on the 15-day disable list and select Chavez’s contract from Class AAA Tacoma. Because Chavez isn’t on the 40-man roster, they will have to make space for him. I’m guessing they will place Blake Beavan on the 60 day DL.
Why call up an outfielder for Maurer? Well, they don’t need a starting pitcher for a few days and this gives them an extra bench player.
Why call up Chavez? Well, the Mariners have an idea what they will get with him. Abraham Almonte is still struggling. Jabari Blash is too raw. Gabriel Noriega isn’t ready. Jesus Montero is too Jesus Montero. If you look at the Rainiers’ roster, there is no help. Logan Morrison is still recovering from his hamstring injury.
Any depth is up in the big leagues. While I’ve heard plenty of complaints about the poor roster construction of the 25-man roster. There are plenty of flaws with the 40-man roster with the lack of available help. Other than Chavez there is very little experienced help. The current Rainiers roster is made up of a lot of guys that are simply organizational players to fill out teams, not legitimate big league contributors. Most teams have guys that like this in the organization, the Rainiers have more because so many players have been called up.
Chavez does have an opt out clause on June 1. I don’t know how much that played into it. Maybe some.
McClendon said that Erasmo Ramirez will likely take Maurer’s place in the rotation. Ramirez is on the same scheduled as Maurer, having thrown last night in Tacoma.
Robinson Cano is out of the line-up for the second straight game. Cano was a late scratch last night because he wasn’t feeling well. He is out of the line-up today. I don’t think it is a flu bug, but we’ll find out eventually.
We meet with McClendon at 3:15 p.m. So we’ll know more then.
The line-up wasn’t too strong with Cano in it. It looks pretty weak right now. Not ideal for facing Justin Verlander.
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