Below is the lineup for today’s game against the Indians, and you see a few changes with it being both a Sunday, and the Mariners going against a left-handed pitcher in T.J. House.
Not a ton of news otherwise — the roster move to get Taijuan Walker on the roster won’t come until after the game, or Monday prior to Walker’s start against the Astros in Houston.
McClendon said bringing Walker back now was pretty simple — he showed he was ready and he’s healthy, so it was time.
McClendon also said there will be no limitations on Walker in terms of innings or pitch count other than what there are for any of the team’s young pitchers in that “we want to take care of them.”
McClendon hasn’t seen Walker pitch in a Major League game and offered that “I don’t know what my expectations are” for Walker Monday other than hoping they get 5-6 innings out of him and going from there.
McClendon also talked about the recent use of Brandon Maurer in the bullpen — he’s pitched three dominating, scoreless innings in relief since being called back up. McClendon said trying to figure out what to do with Maurer “is a good problem to have” but said that for now, he’s likely to stay in the bullpen.
“I think he’s found his niche a little bit,” McClendon said. “He’s very comfortable doing that and he doesn’t have to process a lot of things other than just throwing the ball, whatever the catcher puts down, throw it. We’ll see.”
McClendon also shrugged off any worries over second baseman Robinson Cano, who is three for his last 27, and 3-20 on this homestand, hitless in three straight games for the first time this season.
“He’s fine,” McClendon said. “He just hasn’t gotten any hits, that’s all. He’ll rebound.”
|Cleveland Indians vs. Seattle Mariners
Sunday, June 29, 2014 – Safeco Field (1:10 pm)
|Cleveland Indians (39-41)||Seattle Mariners (43-38)|
|24||Michael Bourn (L)||CF||8||Willie Bloomquist||SS|
|22||Jason Kipnis (L)||2B||55||Michael Saunders (L)||CF|
|23||Michael Brantley (L)||LF||22||Robinson Cano (L)||2B|
|41||Carlos Santana (S)||DH||15||Kyle Seager (L)||3B|
|8||Lonnie Chisenhall (L)||3B||3||Mike Zunino||C|
|7||David Murphy (L)||RF||20||Logan Morrison (L)||1B|
|33||Nick Swisher (S)||1B||7||Stefen Romero||RF|
|53||George Kottaras (L)||C||4||John Buck||DH|
|4||Mike Aviles||SS||16||Cole Gillespie||LF|
|Starting Pitcher||Starting Pitcher|
|58||T.J. House (0-1, 4.88)||LHP||34||Felix Hernandez (9-2, 2.24)||RHP|