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June 4, 2014 at 7:22 AM

Wednesday’s pregame notes and line-ups vs. the Braves

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Update 10:47 a.m.

McClendon said he’s giving Smoak a day off today to go with  the off day tomorrow, so he can get him two days off to rest a sore quad that he’s been battling for quite a while.

“I’m just giving my first baseman an extra day off because of a tight quad,” McClendon said. “He’s probably a little fatigued. Instead of one day, I’m getting him two days.”

Smoak is obviously struggling of late.

“I think fatigue has something to do with it,” McClendon said. “Hopefully that will quicken his bat up a bit.”

*** As for the Monday start in Tampa – Erasmo Ramirez’s turn in the rotation – McClendon is going to decide what to do tonight. There was some thought Taijuan Walker might make the start. But he lasted just two innings in his second rehab start with Class AAA Tacoma last night in El Paso. He walked four guys and hit another.

“Taijuan didn’t throw very well,” McClendon said. “I’m going to talk to Jack today and see what happens. We have an off-day tomorrow and we’ll get a chance to rest some guys and we’ll see where we go from there.”

McClendon didn’t have too many details about Walker’s outing.

“From my understanding, he’s healthy,” McClendon said. “He just pitched like $%^&. It’s just way the it goes.”

It was mentioned that it seemed like Walker might need another start with Tacoma, McClendon replied: “or more.”

*** Stefen Romero is batting fourth today with Smoak out. McClendon kind of chuckled about it.

“Somebody’s got to hit there,” McClendon said. “We have to fill out the line-up. There’s no significance to it. Trust me. Somebody’s got to hit four. I don’t have Bonds. So it’s going to be Romero today.”

*** James Paxton is “progressing” according to McClendon, but he’s still not throwing yet.

*** Logan Morrison hit a home run in El Paso last night for the Rainiers. In 11 games with the Rainiers he is batting .286 (12×42) with 11 runs scored, 1 double, 2 home runs, 5 RBI, 3 walks and 1 stolen base.

“He needs to play and get him in a groove and get him going,” McClendon said. “He needs to play. And the fact that he was hitting .125 when he got hurt.”

From earlier

Justin Smoak is out of the starting line-up for the first time since April 18. He’s been struggling of late. He’s also been battling a sore quad and jammed thumb. It was time to get him a day off.

Stefen Romero is bumped up to clean-up today. McClendon is staying true to his word that he plans to rest Saunders every four games or so. James Jones gets a day off as well with lefty Mike Minor on the mound.

Minor’s career splits are far from dramatic

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This being a National League game, I’m sure we will still see several different players in the game. The line-up is the line-up, but feel free to vent.

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