Corey Hart injured the knee while trying to make a leaping catch and crashing into the wall against the Indians.
“He hurt it pretty good, but he didn’t say anything because he wanted to stay in the lineup,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “But yesterday he hit a ball right on nose to center field and he realized he had no legs under him. He went in and talked to the trainers. This is probably the best course of action for him. He’s a proud guy and he figured he couldn’t go any further.”
Hart said the knee felt awful the next day after falling on the warning track.
“I still wanted to try to play,” he said. “I kept trying to right it. It got to the point where I was tired of hitting balls that don’t go anywhere because I didn’t have any legs. That put it over the top. I probably shouldn’t have played yesterday, but I was hoping I could find it.”
Hart was hoping the knee would feel better.
“I’ve been trying to give myself false hope,” he said. “The legs were never there. Right now I’m not competitive. It’s because I haven’t had the legs to help me. Hopefully these guys can get it fixed pretty quick. I’d love to get back be competitive for the last month. But I don’t want to come back and do what I’ve been doing.”
The Mariners will go with a shortened bench and a eight man bullpen till the series in mid August when they travel to Philadelphia. Ideally, they’d have Willie Bloomquist, who is on the disabled list with a bruised knee, back for that series. But McClendon doesn’t think that will happen in time.
“We’ll see,” he said. “My understanding his progress is not happening as quickly as initially thought it would be.”
The Mariners made the expected roster move of activating James Paxton from the 60-day disabled list so he could start tonight’s game. The corresponding moves to make room for Paxton on the 25-man and 40-man roster were somewhat surprising. Corey Hart was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee contusion, while Blake Beavan, who was placed on waivers and cleared them, was outrighted to Class AAA Tacoma removing him from the 40-man roster. Because Beavan had never been outrighted before, he cannot refuse the assignment.
Not sure how or when or if Hart hurt is knee. Obviously, the assumption by many is that they’re making this up to make roster space. That’s a fair assessment. Though with Hart you could pretty much DL him whenever with knee issues.
We meet with Lloyd McClendon about 45 minutes.
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Official game notes ….
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