Update 6:05 p.m.
Willie Bloomquist will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Friday morning. Team doctor Edward Khalfayan will perform the procedure. The hope is that the surgery will reveal the extent of the damage and how much will need to be repaired. Once that happens the Mariners will have a better idea of how long he could be out.
He injured the knee while legging out an RBI groundout in the 8th inning July 23 vs. the New York Mets. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 24.
Update 3:53 p.m.
Lloyd McClendon said that he won’t use the bullpen for the start on Sunday. That leaves the likely candidates as Erasmo Ramirez and Taijuan Walker. Ramirez is starting tonight. But he could get scratched or could just throw 50 pitches as part of his throwing day regimen.
Andy Van Slyke won’t be coaching first base tonight for the Mariners. He injured his knee throwing in the batting cage.
“He heard something pop in there and that’s never a good thing,” McClendon said. “It’s called old age.”
Asked how he plans to use Chris Denorfia and Endy Chavez, McClendon said this:
“I just look at the numbers,” McClendon said. “Obviously, you don’t want anyone sitting too long. That’s not going to help you. You try to look at the numbers and put in guys in the best situations where you think they’re going to be successful. Neither one of those guys are in strict platoon. We’ll just keep doing that and see what happens.”
Obviously, shortstop isn’t a platoon. Chris Taylor is going to be starting the bulk of the games going forward.
“Right now the kid is going to play,” McClendon said. “He’s played well. He’s performed well. He’s played great on defense and he’s gotten us some big hits for us.”
Brad Miller is serving in the role of Willie Bloomquist – backup infielder. While Bloomquist has performed in that role for a long time, this is new to Miller. Bloomquist knew how to sit four or five games and play sparingly and then make a start, it’s different for Miller. How does McClendon know when it’s time to get Miller into a game?
“That’s a great question and I don’t have that answer and we don’t have any other options either,” McClendon said. “I will try to balance it. Try to get Brad in there and keep him sharp. It’s nothing he’s done. (Taylor) has just played well.”
McClendon mentioned Miller taking fly balls in the outfield. That certainly perked up the ears of the writers. Several scouts have said that Miller profiles as an outfielder more than a shortstops. Would McClendon put him out there?
“If you can play shortstop, you can play outfield,” he said. “I was a catcher and I went to the outfield, relatively quick. I wouldn’t feel fantastic if I had to put him out there, but if I had to put him out there, I would do it.”
Miller hasn’t taken serious fly balls. He’s stood out in the outfielder during BP and shagged a few flies.
“The last time I played outfield was when me and Nick Franklin played together when we were 15 and we had Tyler Pastornicky, who’s with the Braves and another guy Nolan Fontana, who is with the Astros. That’s the only time I had to play outfield. We had four guys and we would just rotate, second, short, third and left. And that was like one week.”
He agrees with McClendon’s thinking about all shortstops being able to play anywhere else.
“I think that’s why everybody is a shortstop till you move,” he said. “It might be kind of fun to run around out there.”
It’s not fun for him to be on the bench. But he isn’t bitter. He is trying to handle it like a professional.
“If I’m not playing or not starting, I can get some really good work in,” he said. “I can work on some stuff, especially out in the field. It’s just day to day. Whenever I get in there, I just try to make the most of it. I’m still getting good work in. But I come to the field hoping to play every day and ready to take advantage of it if I’m in there.”
Here’s the Mariners lineup. Some people were asking why Chris Denorfia isn’t in the lineup and Endy Chavez is in there instead. Yes, Lloyd McClendon said he was going to play Denorfia often and against right-handers. But it hasn’t happened as much as some people wanted.
This small sample of splits for White Sox starter Scott Carroll may be a reason why he’s going with Endy Chavez instead of Denorfia in this game. .
Per Fangraphs … Carroll throws a little bit of everything, but nothing dominating.
Mariners official game notes ….
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