UPDATE 11:32 AM - We just met with Wakamatsu and here's a few details.
* Jose Lopez flew back to Venezuela today to be with his sister, who is "gravely ill" and "took a turn for the worse." Wakamatsu doesn't expect Lopez back for at least five days.
* To make room for Chris Woodward on the 40-man roster, Carlos Silva has been placed on the 60-day disabled list, which means there's a good chance we might not see him pitch again this season. Another coup for Bill Bavasi.
* Rob Johnson arrived in San Diego and there was thought to starting him, but Wakamatsu decided that Johnson wasn't going to be ready to play. So Jamie Burke will get the start at catcher. And Johnson will be activated on Friday. My guess is that Guillermo Quiroz will be sent out.
* Erik Bedard met with Dr. Lewis Yocum at 11:30 a.m. and will have an MRI at 1:30. We won't have an official update till tomorrow.
* Kenji Johjima experienced a little pain in his big toe and he will see the doctor on Friday for a check up. He'll catch Saturday in Tacoma - five innings, two at-bats and then the Mariners will decide what's next. But Wakamatsu still wants to see Johjima catch nine innings before he activates him.
* Mike Carp is starting at first and batting second
UPDATE: Yes I spelled bereavement wrong in the headline.
I'm not certain of all the details, but I know Chris Woodward is here. He was scratched right before last night's game against Portland, and is here. Lopez will be placed on the bereavement list and has left San Diego.
Not certain about any of the other details.
Rob Johnson is expected to return to the team today. But my guess is depending on when he arrives at Petco, whether or not the Mariners make a roster move before or after the game. And then I'm not even certain, what the move will be as to whether Guillermo Quiroz or Jamie Burke will be sent out.