Updated 4:14 p.m.
So here are the Mariners’ upcoming pitching probables …
Or maybe we should call them possibles … Chris Young’s scheduled start is far from guaranteed. After going just 2/3 of an inning yesterday, manager Lloyd McClendon met with Young after the game to see how the pitcher is feeling.
“He assured me he is healthy,” McClendon said. “I assured him I would what I thought is best for this club. I’m going to evaluate it and in the next day or two and make a decision.”
That decision will be whether he stays with Young or goes with Taijuan Walker, who pitched well in long relief.
McClendon will watch Young’s bullpen session, long toss and other aspects carefully with pitching coach Rick Waits and the training staff.
“If I deem him 100 percent healthy, yes, he will start,” McClendon said.
Young looked shaky in the outing against the A’s. It wasn’t just that his fastball velocity was down a few ticks in the game.
“He’s not a big velocity guy what concerns me is command,” McClendon said. “He’s not a power guy. When he starts to lose command a little bit, yeah, I’m a little concerned about it.”
Young made seven minor league starts last season before undergoing season-ending surgery. He’s thrown over 100 innings just once since 2008. He’s at 151 innings this season.
“He’s in uncharted territory,” McClendon said. “I’ve got to watch him. I’ve got to evaluate and make a decision.”
As for Walker, McClendon liked what he saw from him.
“I saw his potential yesterday,” he said. “He pitched extremely well. It shows you what he is capable of. I just have to get him to a point where he can be consistent every time out. My hope is that he can become consistent.”
When asked about if he’s been tough on Walker this season because of his potential, McClendon said:
“What’s wrong with that? For me, Walker is no different than any of my other players. I’ve had tough love and tough conversations with a lot of them. They may not always like what I have to say, but they’ll respect what I have to say. That’s the same from him. I expect more from him. I don’t expect him to act like a 22-year-old. I expect him to act like a 30-year-old. I expect him to perform like a veteran. I don’t think it is anything big. And if it is, I’m in the wrong business.”
McClendon on switching Seager and Morales: “I’m just trying flipping them around and seeing if it will jumpstart things, that’s all.”
Michael Saunders is taking batting practice, catching fly balls and facing some live pitching in simulated situations to get his strength back.
“We’re trying to get him ready,” McClendon said. “I don’t know if it’s going to happen, but we’re trying.”
Here’s today’s lineup. Brad Miller gets another start after homering yesterday. Kyle Seager has moved back into the cleanup spot against Kendrys Morales. Manager Lloyd McClendon had hesitated against having three lefties in a row and using Morales to break them up. Lots of lefties lined up against Sonny Gray. But lefties have no real advantage against him. He’s tough on hitters from both sides of the plate.
As for the Mariners, they’ve seen Gray a few times. Here’s what they’ve done against him — not a whole lot.
The Mariners have officially announced that James Paxton and Erasmo Ramirez have been recalled from Class AAA Tacoma. Paxton was here yesterday, while Ramirez arrived from scenic Fresno after the Rainiers’ game yesterday .
Official game notes
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