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August 24, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Sunday’s pregame notes and lineups: Mariners at Red Sox

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Updated 11:42 a.m. Bob Stanley time

Here’s the probables for the upcoming Rangers and Nationals series.

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How about that Saturday matchup?

Beyond that for the A’s series?

  • 9-1 — James Paxton at A’s
  • 9-2 — Felix Hernandez at A’s
  • 9-3 — Chris Young at A’s

*** McClendon on Morrison’s illness: “I have no idea. Something bit him in the ass, but he’s okay. He’s in there.”

*** Even with a right-hander on the mound, McClendon knew that he had rest Endy Chavez today.

“We have to watch him,” McClendon said. “Day-nights are tough for Endy. He’s been doing such a great job and you want him in there, but you have to be careful. He’s 37. He’s not a young pup anymore. Ideally 3 to 4 days to week.”

McClendon admitted that when they had to play Chavez every day in July it wore him down physically.

“We probably overexposed him from a physical standpoint,” McClendon said. “We’ve been very conscious of that the last 30 to 40 games and he’s been doing a lot better.”

**** McClendon won’t be bringing up young players when the 40-man roster expands just to get experience. With the team in the race, any player he’s bringing up needs to be ready to contribute.

“With teams that have a chance to advance to the playoffs, you bring up guys that can help you win games,” McClendon said. “I don’t think you venture out and bring in young guys just to get them experience because there isn’t going to be any experience to get. You’re playing meaningful games and you want your veteran guys out there performing in high level, high pressure games. For me, I don’t see bringing up a lot of young players just to get experience.”

Based on that, if I had to guess who McClendon might add come Sept. 1

  • 1B Justin Smoak — provides late-inning defense replacement for Morrison and has been hitting better. Also an option vs. tough left starter.
  • DH Corey Hart – he’s on the 40-man, he’s got experience. Yes, he’s struggled but keeping him on there might have some value.
  • OF Michael Saunders – Obviously he may have to get some ABs in Arizona, but he provides another solid defender and a  bat off the bench and can also run the bases.
  • OF James Jones – pinch runner with speed, he can also be a late-inning defensive replacement for Dustin Ackley in left field
  • OF Stefen Romero — right-handed bat off the bench.  This is a maybe.
  • LHP – Lucas Luetge ….big league experience and another arm to add depth to the bullpen.
  • C Humberto Quintero — carrying a third catcher is useful and most teams do so. Quintero gets the nod over John Hicks because he has plenty of big league and stretch-run experience. He’s not as good of a defender as Sucre, but he’s a better hitter. The M’s would have to add him to the 40-man. That wouldn’t be difficult since Willie Bloomquist can be moved to the 60-day DL.

Based on how Roenis Elias does on Monday, the Mariners may consider adding Taijuan Walker or Erasmo Ramirez to have an emergency starter if need be. The M’s do play a slew of games without an off day in September so having either might be useful for a spot start. Walker has had a lost season with injuries and they may want to continue to work on his mechanics. Ramirez has pitched well of late and has earned some trust back from McClendon.

Early notes

Logan Morrison is back in there today. Talked to him postgame and he said he had stomach issues – probably a 24-hour flu bug. He did look pretty pasty. Endy Chavez gets a day off because, well, he’s 37. Chris Denorfia has also had some good at-bats in the past few games.

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The Mariners recalled Michael Saunders from his rehab assignment last night. He has a viral infection. Saunders is still officially on the disabled list.  The plan will be to send him back out on a rehab assignment, but the team will have to wait at least five days before doing so. Basically, all this does is stop the clock on his rehab assignment since he wasn’t able to play. I doubt we see Saunders till after the roster expand on Sept. 1.

With the Rainiers season ending on Sept. 1, Saunders could be sent on an rehab assignment in Arizona in the instructional leagues

Corey Hart was sent out on a rehab assignment and played his first game for Tacoma, going for 0-for-3.

Seattle will be going for its 71st win today. A year ago, the Mariners finished with 71 wins. So there has been improvement. They will also be going for their first ever three-game sweep at Fenway.

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Don’t know much about Red Sox starter Allen Webster? That’s ok. I don’t either. He was acquired from the Dodgers in that big trade that sent Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to LA. He was rated as the Sox No. 4 prospect going into the 2013 season.  

Here’s his splits, which are relatively dramatic for the small sample size …

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The Mariners have had a handful of guys face him, but not for many at-bats …

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Official game notes … 08.24.14 Game Notes

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