Updated 12:22 p.m.
Paxton has been placed on the 60-day DL. It’s retroactive to April 9 — so his 60th day was yesterday. Basically when’s he ready to join the team, he comes off. It buys the M’s a few weeks. Paxton started playing catch today. I would guess it will be another two to three weeks before he’s close to being ready.
Updated: 11:39 a.m.
Ji-Man Choi has activated from the suspended list. He was transferred from Class AAA Tacoma to Class AA Jackson. Choi is in the line-up for this afternoon’s game and is batting clean-up. Still waiting to hear on the corresponding 40-man roster move.
McClendon said that Michael Saunders is available to pinch run, while Justin Smoak will be a late-inning defensive replacement if the Mariners are ahead.
McClendon said he hoped that Erasmo Ramirez could give him five or six innings. He didn’t say it with a ton of confidence. He mentioned that Ramirez and pitching coach Rick Waits have worked on a few things and hopes it will help.
Mike Zunino has been batting up in the order lately. McClendon had said he was going to leave him in the 7-8 spots. But has changed his mind.
“I think he’s ready to move,” McClendon said. “The one thing you get with Mike – you are going to get some swing and misses – but he’s dangerous. He can juice a ball pretty good. I like where he is, particularly with breaking balls. He’s seeing the ball pretty darn good. And I think he’s going to be a run producer. Now, in a ideal line-up, is he hitting fifth? No, probably not, not this early in his career. But we don’t have an ideal line-up so we do what we have to do.”
It’s an interesting line-up. But this what the Mariners have done since the Tigers series at Safeco Field and they are 7-2. This is how it’s going to be – mix and match and bench guys playing with different kinds of batting orders. It’s not ideal, but it is what is.
Not to go all Norman Dale from Hoosiers, but “This is your team.” As I’ve said often, beyond Cano and Seager, it’s pretty much stacking pancakes – they are all the same. Bloomquist has been having good at-bats lately so I’m not surprised he moved up. Can they sustain this type of success by doing this? Probably not. But that falls onto the GM to supplement this team.
Of note: Ji-Man Choi comes off the suspended list today. The Mariners will have to make a 40-man roster move. Don’t be surprised if they put James Paxton on the 60-day DL. That doesn’t mean there’s some sort of setback again. But Paxton went on the DL on April 9, so 60 days is already approaching. If you factor in his rehab start time, this works. It’s quick band aid and buys the Mariners some time to decide their next 40-man move to put him back on there.
Here’s the Mariners numbers vs. Price —
Here’s the Rays numbers vs. Ramirez — It’s a small sample size but he may want to be careful pitching to Ben Zobrist.
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