UPDATE 12:07 -- the move was officially made as Lopez was activated from the bereavement list and Betancourt was sent to the DL. He's eligible to come off on July 10th.
Ok, no more using the blackberry now. As I posted earlier, Yuniesky Betancourt is headed to the 15-day disabled list.
They haven't made the actual roster move yet, but manager Don Wakamatsu just said that he we'll likely be placed on there and be out the entire 15 days and possibly more.
"All indications are we will disable him before today's game," Wakamatsu said.
Betancourt is scheduled to have an MRI sometime later today. The hamstring strain is down by the base of the knee. Wakamatsu said it's a completely different injury than the one that slowed Betancourt in spring training.
Ronny Cedeno will make the start at shortstop today. I know some of you will be clamoring for Chris Woodward to make the start. But there's a problem, Woodward is battling a pulled groin.
He's available only on an emergency basis. Most, likely the recently acquired Josh Wilson would be used if needed. If Woodward had been healthy Wakamatsu hinted he most likely would have started today and a few more games. The hope is that two days of rest could have Woodward ready for games in Los Angeles and beyond.
* Erik Bedard will not start in New York as hoped. He's throwing a side session today and a side session on Saturday and then possibly a simulated game in New York. Wakamatsu said they are penciling Bedard in for the July 4th start in Boston. Not to jinx the situation, but the last start Bedard made last season before being lost of the season was on Fourth of July.
* Kenji Johjima will be activated tomorrow and start tomorrow night's game in Los Angeles. Joh caught all nine innings last night and went 0-for-4 at the plate with three strikeouts. But I talked to him briefly and he said he felt good.
* Jose Lopez is in the line-up today and will bat fifth. Wakamatsu said that when Lopez arrived in Seattle after yesterday's nine hour flight, he looked pretty physically and emotionally worn down.
A. Gonzalez DH
E. Gonzalez RF