Update 11:25 a.m.
Robinson Cano has the day off with tight and sore legs, according to McClendon. Cano asked for the day off. It hasn’t been a major issue, but Cano has been bothered by hamstring tightness at varying times this season. He’s been very proactive in treating it. But playing 28 innings in two days will cause some issues. So this is probably a smart thing. He will be available to pinch hit if needed. The M’s have been grinding Cano pretty hard since he came back from the thumb injury earlier this season.
The 28 innings have taken its toll on the bullpen. Both Danny Farquhar and Tom Wilhelmsen won’t be available. Wilhelmsen needs more than a day to recover from throwing a season-high four innings. Farquhar pitched two innings on Friday. He’s had some soreness in his throwing elbow. It’s something that comes up from time to time during the season.
“If they needed me to pitch, I could do it,” Farquhar said. “But they are giving me a day off, and I’m not going to argue with them. It will help.”
McClendon is aware of Farquhar’s willingness to pitch.
“I could probably use if I wanted to,” he said. “But I’m going to do everything I can to stay away from him.
McClendon is moving closer to announcing his starter for Tuesday.
“I’m still in discussions with that,” he said. “I’m not sure what we are going to do. I would probably say in all likelihood, I would probably call someone from AAA, but I’m not ready to release that name yet.”
Erasmo Ramirez would be on normal rest for that start right now.
McClendon on Corey Hart’s struggles and if he’s seeing signs that it’s getting better: “It’s been a tough go with the injury. He’s still not running great and not swinging very well right now. I’m hoping he’ll find it. I’m not sure.”
McClendon was asked about the Mariners’ team chemistry by a MLB.com columnist. After covering McClendon for a while, it’s clear he doesn’t believe in the idea of chemistry playing a huge factor in success.
“I just don’t buy into that stuff,” he said. “I played on teams in the 90s and s$%^ we fought every day and still won three divisional titles. I don’t know what you mean by chemistry. For me chemistry is the guy that’s toeing the rubber, if that creates good chemistry, then there it is. When you win, you enjoying being together. When you lose, well … . Our guys get a long great and I think that’s good. I don’t think that wins games for you. I really don’t. You pitch well, you catch the ball and you get timely hitting, you’ll win games.”
Robinson Cano is out of the lineup today. We don’t meet with McClendon till about 10:45 a.m. to ask him about it.
Cano, James Jones and Logan Morrison get days off. Getting Morrison days off is still a necessity. Remember he’s still recovering from two years of knee issues.
Skaggs actually has reverse splits a little. And the M’s have only faced him once in his career – this season.
This season’s splits ….
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