Update 4:37 p.m. Bernie Carbo time
Michael Saunders will miss the next two or three days as he battles the flu. He’s been battling dehydration. With the two games he missed, Saunders will likely be out a total of five days again.
That certainly won’t help his timing or getting him ready to return to the big league roster. It seemed unlikely that the Mariners were going to bring him back before Sept. 1, but this pretty much guarantees it. Saunders’ rehab stint is up on Aug. 26. The Rainiers season ends on Sept. 1
“I’m not sure what we’ll do,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “One of the possibilities would be to recall the rehab start and send him back out.”
The team can also do a second rehab stint if Saunders agrees to it. The lack of minor league games might force him to go to Peoria to get at-bats.
But right now, he won’t be a factor for this team until September.
McClendon said he’ll keep the rotation the same right now.
So that means the upcoming starters COULD look like this, but it’s also subject to change with that off day and depending on how Elias pitches.
- Saturday at Boston – Chris Young
- Sunday at Boston – Iwakuma
- Monday vs. Texas – Elias
- Tuesday vs. Texas – Paxton
- Wednesday vs. Texas – Felix
- Thursday – Off Day
- Friday vs. the Nats – Young
- Saturday vs. the Nats – Iwakuma
- Sunday vs. the Nats – Elias
McClendon said Joe Kelly’s splits (see below) warranted playing Miller over Taylor today.
Here’s the lineup vs. right-hander Joe Kelly … no real surprises here. Brad Miller gets his every-so-often start. Kelly is pretty tough on right-handers …
Here’s his splits from this season …
And career splits …
Only one player on the Mariners has faced Kelly in the big leagues and that’s Logan Morrison, who is 2-for-5 with a homer and a walk against him.
How about the Red Sox? How have they fared against Felix Hernandez …
**** People asking about Michael Saunders being out of the lineup the last few days in Tacoma. I was told by a reliable source – Mike Curto – that Saunders has a virus and was sent home by team doctors. Which could also delay his return to Seattle. We might not see him till rosters expand.
A few linkage notes ….
The Red Sox have signed free agent outfielder Rusney Castillo to a 6-year, $72.5 million contract. The Mariners were very interested in signing Castillo, but there was no way they were going for that much. It’s a massive amount of money for a non-power hitting outfielder, who has never swung at a MLB pitch. But given the Red Sox outfield issues, it makes sense that they would bid the highest.
Had a couple of people complain on Twitter, but I highly doubt that Castillo would have made any sort of impact this season. He’s never played in MLB and has basically not played for a month.
He could have been a solid future investment. The Mariners could always use outfield help. But they are also going to have invest a sizable amount of money next season in a 1B/DH type that actually produces.
**** Speaking of the Sox, I really liked this story by Pete Abraham in the Globe about the failures of Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. and if they were rushed to the big leagues too soon.
**** For people who stream games live or would like to, this story by Maury Brown about MLB possible lifting their local blackout bans for streaming games is huge.
**** Jeff Passan had this column on Felix Hernandez, which I’m sure most of you have seen by now. It was very well done as all things he does. Jeff was on with Brock and Salk talking about the column and the Mariners chances.
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