Sore knee will keep Nick Franklin in dugout

Staff writerAugust 21, 2013 

— Nick Franklin had on a new pair of baseball pants Wednesday afternoon, but he’s not sure when he will be able to get them dirty in a game.

Late in Tuesday night’s win, Franklin slid into home and was called safe while slamming his left knee into the spikes of A’s catcher Derek Norris, who suffered a broken big toe on the play.

While Franklin was safe, his pants and knee were not.

Norris’ spikes tore through the pants and Franklin’s skin, leaving a nasty gash to the knee.

Franklin’s wound required five stitches to close and kept him out of the lineup in Wednesday’s series finale. The infielder isn’t sure when he’ll return.

“I’m not certain. I’ve heard a few different things,” he said.

Initially it was thought the injury might keep him out four or five days. Acting manager Robby Thompson was hoping Franklin could be ready by Friday night when the Mariners play host to the Los Angeles Angels.

The issue isn’t the stitches. Mariners trainers assured Thompson that Franklin would be able to play with them protected by padding.

“Obviously, it’s going to have to be protected pretty well,” Thompson said.

The issue, however, is the pain in Franklin’s knee.

“It’s pretty sore,” Franklin said.

ARMSTRONG CONFIRMS ZDURIENCIK’S EXTENSION

Mariners team president Chuck Armstrong confirmed that the organization had indeed given general manager Jack Zduriencik a contract extension for the 2014 season.

Armstrong, who was in Oakland with the team, said the Mariners would make an official announcement soon, particularly after a story written by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman speculating about the Mariners’ interest in possibly pursuing Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

Armstrong said Zduriencik’s extension was signed sometime in the offseason, which is why when asked about Zduriencik’s contract status going forward at the baseball winter meetings in December, he replied, “Jack has nothing to worry about.”

ON TAP

The Mariners have Thursday off before opening a six-day, six-game homestand with a 7:10 p.m. game Friday against the Los Angeles Angels. Garrett Richards of the Angels (3-5, 4.24 ERA) is scheduled to face Felix Hernandez (12-6, 2.62) of the Mariners in the series opener at Safeco Field.

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