Update 11:48 a.m. Lamar Hoyt time
A couple of people on the Twittah mentioned that the Yankees have DFA’d Alfonso Soriano and asked whether the Mariners should take a flier on him.
A few things … if a team claims Soriano off of waivers they would have to pick the remainder of what is owed on the $18 million this season, probably around $8 million. That’s a expensive flier for a guy that hasn’t hit a homer since May 17 and has these numbers.
Yes, I’m aware they are the same numbers as Dustin Ackley. But Ackley is getting paid the minimum.
If Soriano were to clear waivers and become a free agent, then the Yankees/Cubs are still on hook for that $8 million and a team can sign him for the prorated portion of the league minimum of around $200,000.
I am indifferent to the situation.
Updated 11:14 a.m. Greg Luzinski time
Lloyd McClendon’s reasoning for pushing back Felix Hernandez was as most expected.
“I just want to line up my best pitcher against Oakland,” McClendon said. “I want him pitching against them. So it made sense to make that adjustment. It also gives him an extra day. He can pitch on the sixth day. All the stars lined up. It just made sense to do that.”
Hernandez will start on Friday. It sets up for Taijuan Walker to pitch Saturday night and Hisashi Iwakuma to go Sunday.
McClendon has been looking at this possibility for more than a few weeks. He also took into consideration several things, specifically the series after the all-star break against the Angels, who are also ahead of the Mariners in the standings.
“You want your best pitchers facing your division rivals,” McClendon said. “It just makes sense. They’re the guys in front of us. I’d be foolish if I didn’t want Felix facing Oakland and Anaheim.”
McClendon said this decision has been under consideration for close to four weeks now.
“It just wasn’t an off the top of the head decision,” he said. “There was a lot of thought that went into. Everything lines up, particularly going into the second half. It just made sense.”
Part of that thought process was considering the very likely possibility of Felix Hernandez pitching in or starting the all-star game.
“That also came to play,” McClendon said. “Not that I set precedence for the all-star game over what we are trying to accomplish. But when we were lining things up, it just so happens to be that if he were to pitch an inning or two in the all-star game, it’s probably good for him because it doesn’t give him X amount of days off. It keeps him sharp.”
As for who will start on Thursday?
“It’s yet to be determined,” McClendon said. “I will let you know when I know. We have options. And I will let you know when I figure out what they are.”
*** Roenis Elias won’t be sent down after his start on Wednesday to stay on a throwing schedule. He’ll have a normal all-star break.
“We won’t do that,” McClendon said. “I think the rest is probably good. He’ll play catch like the rest of them will play catch during the break. He’ll come back and be slotted right in.”
*** James Jones is just getting a day off.
“He’s just getting a breather,” McClendon said. “It’s been a long two days for him.”
*** Tom Wilhelmsen and Danny Farquhar, who both tossed two shutout innings in yesterday’s win, likely be used today.
White Sox lineup isn’t out yet. James Jones gets a day off today. Why? I don’t know. We don’t talk with McClendon till 11 a.m. Jones has played in the last 28 games, starting 27 of them. Maybe he needs a day off.
Here’s the updated probables. As was mentioned yesterday, the Mariners made an adjustment to the rotation. One thing to note, Elias pitches on Wednesday and would have a very long layoff because of the all-star break. The Mariners might option him to Class A Everett after his start and recall Erasmo Ramirez to start on Thursday. This would allow Elias to continue to throw on his scheduled rest and keep him sharp. Yes, overall innings is a factor, but a start at Everett might be only 80 pitches, just to keep him sharp. It’s something many teams do. Ramirez is scheduled to start today, but they could truncate the start to three innings and make it a throw day for him.
All-star rosters are announced tonight. Here’s my Sunday notebook on who should be chosen for the game.
*** The Mariners will be facing old friend and fan favorite Hector Noesi today.
Here’s his numbers since joining the White Sox.
The person on the Mariners with the most at-bats vs. Noesi? Robinson Cano, who is 0-for-6. Go figure.
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