First here are the upcoming pitching probables.
With the off day on Thursday, manager Lloyd McClendon has decided to give rookie left-hander Roenis Elias an extra day. He’s doing this for two reasons. Sure he wants to have Iwakuma face the Red Sox in hitter-friendly Fenway. But also it’s a way to give Elias some extra rest. They are really trying to be careful with his innings count as they get late into the season.
“We also have to watch Elias any time we can,” McClendon said. “An extra day just makes sense. He’s going into uncharted territory.”
Elias has made 23 MLB starts and thrown 134 2/3 innings with the Mariners this season. He was sent down 10 days ago to control his innings output. He threw five innings with Class AAA Tacoma. The 139 2/3 innings pitched has him on pace for the most in his career. He threw 130 innings last year with Class AA Jackson and about 12 innings in winter ball. The year before he threw 148 1/3 innings with Class A High Desert. The Mariners want him to keep his total innings around 170-180 innings this season.
How will McClendon handle Elias in the final month and a half of the season?
“I just want to be conscious of stressful pitches,” McClendon said. “You can have 90 pitches without any stress and you are ok. But 90 with a lot of stress is like 115. We just want to be conscious of that. I will always error on the side of caution with him.”
With the Mariners forced to play under National League rules, Logan Morrison is getting the start in right field, while Kendrys Morales will play first base.
“Yeah, how about that?,” McClendon said with a chuckle. “Stand on that wall and don’t $%$#%^ move.”
Well, that wasn’t exactly McClendon’s advice to Morrison, but something similar. With the small dimensions of Citizen’s Bank park, Morrison can play a little deeper and know that any ball hit over his head will likely be off the wall or a homer.
“It’s a short porch in a small ballpark, play deep and throw the ball to the second baseman,” McClendon said.
McClendon went with Morrison’s bat over the defense of Endy Chavez. The short porch also played in that decision as well.
“It’s tough because Chavy is playing well too, but it’s a small ballpark and you want your power guys in there,” McClendon said. “It may play. We may be able to pick up a home run or two.”
Morrison was testing out a glove he borrowed from Endy Chavez. He didn’t pack his outfielder glove for the trip.
“Yeah, I guess should have thought ahead on this trip,” he said.
Not sure that the glove will be a huge difference. Morrison and the Mariners just hope for him to be capable and not get hurt.
“I’m just going to keep it simple,” Morrison said “Get to the balls you can get to. And the balls you can’t get to, get to them as quick as possible and throw it into the right guy. I’m not going to try to be a hero, but sometimes you forget when the ball is in the air.
Morrison has started four games in right field. The last start actually wasn’t much of a start, he strained his hamstring in warmups before the game and was pulled in the first inning on April 14 in Texas.
Felix Hernandez is fine. He has no residual issues from getting hit by a one-hopper off the bat of Ian Kinsler in his start on Saturday.
“Did you see him in the dugout yesterday?” McClendon said, referencing his ace’s energetic antics during games he doesn’t start.
But postgame, Hernandez was limping a little and had big ice packs on the hip.
“Oh he’s milking the hell out of that,” McClendon said with a laugh.
Hernandez showed up walking fine and without a limp – despite wearing an awful pair of skinny jeans/pants.
When asked about the hip, he replied, “I’m good.”
When asked if he was still going throw his bullpen in between starts, he replied, “Bullpens? I don’t throw bullpens anymore.”
Radio hit on KJR today…. with a terrifying picture of me
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