Update 4:05 p.m.
Manager Lloyd McClendon said Robinson Cano’s bruised left hand is getting better.
“He’s improving,” McClendon said. “We’ll see how he is and if there is a possiblit that maybe he could pinch hit tonight. I haven’t talked to the trainers yet. The treatment is certainly working.”
Cano said through a club representative: “It’s a little better than yesterday.” If you recall, Cano said the same thing yesterday so I guess it’s better than it was the day before.
As for stacking the righties?
“I know Smyls pretty good,” McClendon said. “He’s been tough on left-handers. This year I think they hitting .120, .122 off of him. That’s hard to ignore. We just tried to put as many right-handers in there as we could. Hopefully we are successful with it.”
The reason James Jones is out of the line-up?
“Just to give him a break,” McClendon said. “He’s been grinding pretty hard. I think Endy is more equipped to handle a guy like this.”
On DHing Zunino?
“It was either catch him today or rest him tomorrow,” McClendon said. “Here’s a chance to give him a day off and keep his bat in the line-up. He’ll catch tomorrow.”
McClendon said DH Corey Hart is progressing in his recovery from a strained hamstring.
“Corey is getting better,” he said. “I say this cautiously, but I think he’s ahead of schedule a little bit. But you know when you rip it off the bone like that, it’s going to take some time. But he is getting better, doctors are very pleased with his progress.”
Hart has yet to do any other activity other than briefly riding the stationary bike.
So that line-up is … um … well … hmm … interesting. I’ve already heard the “What is the line-up for the A game?” tweet.
Some people have claimed this is the worst line-up the Mariners have put out there. That’s a strong assertion. Look at this line-up …. or this one and this is one where they played the Tigers and beat them.
As you can see, Robinson Cano is out of the line-up for the third straight game with the contusion/bruise on his left hand between his thumb and index finger. McClendon put in all the right-handed bats he could find against Tigers’ starter Drew Smyly. So no James Jones, no Michael Saunders, no Dustin Ackley.
Well, I guess these splits may have something to do with it.
This season …
So that may be a reason. Or maybe he just wanted to give people something to discuss on this beautiful Saturday.
I’m aware of Saunders’ reverse splits against righties this year. McClendon said he plans to rest Saunders every so often. This appears to be one of those days.
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