. Some post-All-Star break aches, amplified by 28 innings over the previous two days, left the Seattle Mariners short-handed in Sunday’s 6-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
Second baseman Robinson Cano wasn’t in the lineup because he was, in manager Lloyd McClendon’s words, “tight and sore” in his hamstrings.
Cano was in the on-deck circle as a possible pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. He is expected to play Monday night, when the Mariners open a three-game series against the New York Mets.
“He needs a day off,” McClendon said. “His legs are tight. It’s been a tough grind for him. He played the All-Star Game and traveled. It just makes sense, after 28 innings, to get him off his feet.”
Cano said he’ll play Monday, declaring: “Yeah, I’m good.”
Left fielder Dustin Ackley remained in the lineup but is battling a recurrence of bone spurs in his left foot. It’s an ailment that traces back to his college days at North Carolina.
“It’s fine once I get moving,” Ackley said. “But four days off (for the All-Star break) and then two long games (aggravated the condition).”
McClendon said reliever Danny Farquhar didn’t pitch Saturday in a save situation in the 12th inning because of “soreness” that surfaced Friday after pitching two innings.
Farquhar said: “Yeah, my elbow, but I could have gone an inning (Sunday). Not multiple (innings), but an inning.”
McClendon still isn’t ready to identify his starting pitcher for Tuesday’s game against the New York Mets, although signs point to right-hander Erasmo Ramirez being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.
“I’m not sure what we’re going to do,” McClendon said. “I would probably say in all likelihood, we’ll probably call up somebody from Triple A. I’m not ready to release the name yet.”
The Mariners also are considering pushing Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez back on day in their rotation. That would position them to start Thursday and Friday against the Baltimore Orioles.
But doing so would require the Mariners to find a starter for Wednesday’s series finale against the Mets.
Ramirez pitched Thursday for the Rainiers, which puts him in line to start Tuesday on regular rest. The Mariners have confirmed rehabbing left-hander James Paxton will start Tuesday for Tacoma.
Ramirez opened the season in the big league rotation and was 1-4 with a 4.58 earned-run average in 11 starts. He is 2-4 with a 4.12 ERA in nine starts at Tacoma.
The Mariners on Friday and Saturday played successive extra-inning games for the 42nd time in franchise history. But it was the first time in almost 19 years that both games went at least 12 innings.
The Angels won Friday’s game, 3-2, in 16 innings. The Mariners answered Saturday night with a 3-2 victory in 12 innings.
The last time the Mariners played at least 12 innings in back-to-back games was July 19-20, 1995, at Milwaukee. They also split those games, suffering a 7-6 loss in 12 innings before beating the Brewers, 4-2, in 13.
Sunday’s loss was the Mariners’ sixth walk-off defeat of the season and second in three games at Angel Stadium. The Mariners have 12 walk-off losses in Anaheim since 2009. … Fernando Rodney had converted 16 consecutive save situations before Sunday. His last blown save was May 13 against the Tampa Bay Rays. … Kyle Seager’s homer in the first inning was his first of the season against a left-hander ( Tyler Skaggs ). … Grant Green’s winning single was the first walk-off hit of his career. … The Mariners are 7-5 against the Angels this year with seven games remaining. Seattle has not won the season series against the Angels since going 11-8 in 2003.
It was 26 years ago Monday — July 21, 1988 — that the Mariners acquired outfielder Jay Buhner and pitchers Rick Balabon and Troy Evers from the New York Yankees for first baseman Ken Phelps.
Balabon and Evers never played in the majors, but Buhner spent 14 years with the Mariners before retiring in 2001.
Buhner remains among the franchise all-time leaders in several categories. He ranks third in homers (307), RBIs (951) and extra-base hits (557), and fourth in games (1,440), at-bats (4,922), hits (1,255) and doubles (231).
The Mariners begin a seven-game homestand with Monday’s 7:10 p.m. game against the Mets at Safeco Field.
Seattle’s Roenis Elias (7-8, 4.54 ERA) is expected to face fellow left-hander Jonathon Niese (5-4, 2.96). Niese is on the disabled list because of a strained left shoulder but is expected to be activated before the game.
The series continues Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon before the Orioles arrive Thursday for a four-game series.