Update 3:38 p.m.
Willie Bloomquist went into today’s arthroscopic knee surgery hoping for the best, but the outcome was just about the worst. The damage to his right knee was extensive and team physician, Dr. Edward Khlafyan, had to perform microfracture surgery. It means Bloomquist is done for the season. He will be on crutches for six to eight weeks. The hope is he will be ready to go for spring training. Bloomquist had microfracture surgery on his left knee five years ago with the Royals.
“He’s in good spirits, but a little disappointed,” manager Lloyd McClendon said.
The Mariners will use Brad Miller as the utility infielder in his place.
“I full confidence in Miller as well as Taylor being able to move around,” McClendon said. “Miller will be just fine.”
McClendon was at the Lou Piniella Hall of Fame luncheon at Safeco Field this afternoon. He got quite a chuckle out of the video montage of Lou’s tirades.
“I don’t know how he can get so upset,” he deadpanned. “It must be the dugout.”
When told that Piniella feels like he looks silly in his tantrums, McClendon, who had his share of tantrums, agreed.
“I can relate to that,” he said. “I’m reminded of that all the time.”
McClendon is more than aware of Piniella’s accomplishments and contributions to the organization.
“What he did here was just tremendous,” McClendon said. “Don’t think that I don’t think about that every day that I put this uniform on. I don’t want to embarrass him. I want to make him proud. He laid a tremendous foundation and I want to get it back to where he had it. That would be pretty good.”
Piniella said in his press conference that he respects and admires the way McClendon’s team plays. It’s a compliment every manager wants to here.
“You always want the respect of your peers,” McClendon said. “Certainly what he thinks about this club and how we go about our business is very important to me. We’ve had conversations in the past. He’s a lot like Jim (Leyland). He likes to call at 6:30 in the morning. I guess the best was I can put it is that I hope I make him proud. I don’t know how else to put it.”
McClendon’s reasoning for calling up Lucas Luetge rather than a bench player: “I just thought pitching would help us more than a bench player right now. If we were going into National League series, it would be different.”
Update 2:45 p.m.
The Mariners have made the roster move. Lefty Lucas Luetge has been recalled from Class AAA Tacoma and added to the roster, taking the spot left vacant by Roenis Elias, who was optioned to the Rainiers.
It could be a short stay for Luetge with the Mariners. Sunday’s starter Erasmo Ramirez will have to be added to the roster before the game. Ramirez will likely be optioned back to Tacoma after Sunday’s game and a position player – my guess is James Jones – will be added to the roster.
The Mariners lineup is out early today. The corresponding roster move for the open spot on the roster has yet to be announced. But it’s obvious that it isn’t someone in the starting lineup.
Seattle has four lefties going against lefty Jose Quintana, who has been pretty tough at times this year. Don’t look at the 6-7 record (remember what Chris Young said). Quintana has a 3.40 ERA with a 3.42 xFIP and a 3.8 fWAR player. What all that mean? It means I was on Fangraphs.
He carved up the Mariners earlier this season, throwing 7 2/3 scoreless innings on four hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts on July 5. The Mariners actually came back and won that game in extra innings.
Quintana’s career splits aren’t that dramatic. This year’s splits are also similar.
Here’s his numbers against the current Mariners
Mariners official game notes
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