Update: 5:11 p.m.
The Mariners have made a lineup change. Chris Denorfia was scratched with neck stiffness. Endy Chavez will take his place in right field and bat eighth.
So the pregame thread got a little hi-jacked by the news that GM Jack Zduriencik was given a multi-year extension. Here’s the blog.
There was some other news.
McClendon confirmed that Erasmo Ramirez will start on Wednesday. Why Ramirez?
“I think he’s done a nice job,” McClendon said. “We’ve called him up a couple times and he’s pitched well for us. He’s given us opportunities to win ball games. He’s probably our most experienced guy down there. He’s throwing the best down there. I think this is an opportunity that he’s certainly earned.”
The decision to make the changes to the rotation came in the last few days after McClendon reflected on the struggles of the starting rotation on the previous road trip.
“We had things planned out to where guys were going to be on six days at some point, but from what I saw on the road trip, I though this was necessary and we changed directions a little bit,” he said. “I slept on it for a couple of days and I know that there is absolutely no doubt that I’m doing the right thing for the future of these pitchers and the future of this organization. Now having said that, I don’t know if we are going to win the games or not. That doesn’t guarantee a win. But I’m know I’m doing the right thing for these players and the right thing for this organization.”
**** On Monday’s starter — “As we speak right now, Elias will pitch Monday.”
**** McClendon reiterated that any player brought up for the September call-ups will have to be contributors. He won’t call up young players to get experience.
One player that will be called up is catcher Humberto Quintero. McClendon confirmed that he will be bringing up a third catcher like all teams do. And it will be a catcher with experience. So that means it will likely be Humberto Quintero over John Hicks, which is logical.
Lloyd McClendon goes with a little different look with Jesus Sucre and Chris Denorfia getting starts today.
The Mariners beat Martinez and the Rangers, 5-1, on June 15 at Safeco Field. That was Father’s Day and new father Kyle Seager had a big day, notching four hits.
Martinez’s splits … nothing too dramatic
Mariners numbers vs. Martinez
Mariners official game notes
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