Jack Hannahan has a strained right quad muscle and will miss 7-10 days, and while one utilityman is down, others get an opportunity to impress the Seattle Mariners.
Matt Tuiasosopo is one of those players, and given a start at third base Friday, he hit a long double off the 40-foot wall in center field - then homered into the Mariners bullpen in left field.
Yes, Virginia, that's getting noticed. On a team with a decidedly non-power lineup, a big bat off the bench is something the Mariners could use - whether he's right or left-handed.
The issue may come down to Hannahan having slightly more experience playing shortstop than Tuiasosopo, though not much. Tuiasosopo is taking grounders there daily.
Interesting developments. The game ended in a 6-6 tie when Kansas City ran out of pitching in the ninth inning.