ARLINGTON, Texas – Shortstop Brendan Ryan stopped being day-to-day in availability Monday, and a strained left shoulder landed him to the 15-day disabled list.
Ryan wasn’t with the team in Texas, staying behind in Los Angeles to be examined.
“We were afraid he might have a tear in the shoulder but it wasn’t torn,” manager Eric Wedge said. “We’re hoping he can meet us at home after this trip and begin baseball activities this weekend.
“The injury will keep him out 10-14 days, so he should be ready when he’s eligible to come off the DL.”
Tacoma infielder Luis Rodriguez joined Seattle, driving several hours from Round Rock, Texas, where he’d been scheduled to start for the Rainiers and bat leadoff against the Express.
Wedge said veteran shortstop Jack Wilson will get the lion’s share of time at short in Ryan’s absence.
Ryan was hurt last week at Safeco Field when he and Adam Kennedy collided while pursuing a pop fly, and Ryan missed the three-game series in Anaheim, Calif..
In 99 games, Ryan is batting .263 with 34 RBI and a .322 on-base percentage.
You’ve seen the parade of Mariners rookies this season – 13 have played this season and a 14th, catcher Jose Yepez, was with them for a week.
Still, when they started five rookie position players Sunday against the Angels, it was the first time Seattle had done that in a non-September game since Aug. 18, 1993.
Add rookies: Outfielder Trayvon Robinson played in his second big-league stadium Monday and was asked what he thought about Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
“It was always my favorite park growing up,” he said. “Until now, I’d only seen it on television – and in video games.”
The Mariners began the night averaging 4.96 runs in their 49 wins and 2.05 runs in their 64 losses. Overall, they’re averaging 3.31 runs – and that’s the worst in the big leagues. … If you were recognizing new outfielder Casper Wells by his goatee, you’re in trouble now. He shaved it. Why? “We weren’t winning with it, it’s gone,” he said. “When we win a few games, I’ll grow something else.” … In franchise history, the Mariners had played only 14 games when the temperature was 100 degrees or above at the start. They got No. 15 on Monday, when the first-pitch temperature was announced at 104 degrees. … Since being recalled from Tacoma, reliever Josh Lueke has allowed one run in 6 innings. That’s a 1.42 earned run average. … When rookie Michael Pineda starts tonight, he’ll throw his first pitch of August.Trying to save him innings, the Mainers let him miss a start.
Seattle plays in Texas again today at 5:05 p.m. (PDT) and will be televised on Root Sports. Probable starters are Pineda (9-7, 3.53) vs. Alexi Ogando (11-5, 2.88).