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August 25, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Monday’s pregame notes and lineups: Rangers at Mariners

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Update 5:01 p.m. 

Remember when McClendon said earlier that he was concerned about his pitchers wearing down, well the Mariners have decided to make a rotation change and will go TBA on Wednesday.

Here’s the updated probables …

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So who will make the start on Wednesday? Well, Taijuan Walker is starting tonight in Tacoma. So they could treat this as a “throw day” and have him throw 30 pitches like a bullpen session and then start on Wednesday.  Erasmo Ramirez is scheduled to start Tuesday for the Rainiers, so they could bump him back a day, which is pretty easy. Either of them require a roster move. McClendon could also sit Wilhelmsen till Wednesday and try another bullpen start, which doesn’t seem as likely.

As my buddy Greg Johns pointed out, by bumping Felix back to Friday, he now lines up to start the wild card game on the Tuesday after the season.

From earlier

Robinson Cano is back in the lineup as expected.

Asked if anyone else has come down with the flu, manager Lloyd McClendon knocked on his desk three times and said, “Not yet.”

When asked how his bullpen is doing, McClendon replied, “Stressed.”

But he said he really only will stay away from Danny Farquhar and Tom Wilhelmsen. Neither Brandon Maurer or Yoervis Medina pitched yesterday. Joe Beimel and Charlie Furbush should be good to go.

McClendon wasn’t going to pitch Maurer or Medina yesterday under any circumstance

“His pitch count had gotten up a little bit and I’ve tried to watch him and I’ve tried to watch Leone all year because those are young arms,” McClendon said. “Somebody had to be ready to go today. Literally, I told (bench coach) Trent (Jewett) in the ninth inning, I said, ‘Bring the outfield in and spread the infield’ because this is like a spring training game, we were either going to win it or lose it, because I didn’t want to go extra innings because I didn’t have anybody else. You just take your shot. You are on the road and you don’t want to tie. You either win it or lose it and go home for the sake of the next seven games.”

*** McClendon is a little concerned with the recent struggles  of his starters and the possibility of them wearing down physically. Elias, Iwakuma and Young all had poor outings on the road trip.

“I’ve been concerned about it all year,” McClendon said. “That’s why we’ve done everything we can to push them back whenever we get the chance to do that. I think you probably saw a little bit of the grind – and they’ll probably tell you different, that they weren’t tired. But if you really think about it, for us to come back 6-3 off this road trip, our starting pitching was not very stellar. There’s probably been a little wear, but we’ll try to make some adjustments and keep our eye on the future a little bit. Not sure what we’ll do. Hopefully we’ll have answers.”

McClendon said they are considering bringing up a spot starter to stay with the team the last month of the season when rosters expand on Sept. 1. The two candidates are Erasmo Ramirez and Taijuan Walker. It could be either or both of them. But it’s a smart move.

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Here was a funny quote from McClendon about Ackley’s confidence level.

“The mountain man’s a hard guy to read,” he said. “I don’t know. I really don’t. You’ll probably have to ask him that. Hell, he looks at me sometimes, I think he’s looking right through me, so I just don’t know. Other days, he says, smell my beard, skip. I’m like, I don’t think so. So you probably need to ask him that question.”

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Never heard of Rangers’ starter Myles Mikolas? Don’t feel bad. Here’s a little background

Here’s his splits for this season. Actually reversed a little.

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