Manager Don Wakamatsu mentioned this earlier today on KJR-AM, and I tried to tweet it from a broken blackberry, but Ian Snell has left the team for personal reasons.
Apparently there has been some family issues this week - including an incident earlier in the week, and most recently a death in the family.
Wakamatsu wouldn't go into to many detail other than to say that Snell flew out to Florida today and will attend a funeral on Wednesday.
"He will, as of right now, make his next start," Wakamatsu.
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Snell's next scheduled start will be on Saturday against Detroit. Wakamatsu said he will maintain contact with Snell in cast there are delays in his return. But with an off day on Thursday, it shouldn't be a problem.
When asked if the lingering issues may have affected his performance on Saturday, Wak thought it may have.
“You know, as a manager you go out there and watch him pitch and obviously I took a trip out there wondering on the velocities and I do think it did have an effect on him," Wakamatsu said. "We knew. Again, there were two different incidences. One that happened a couple of days ago and this one we didn’t know about until after the game.”
It's been confirmed ... OF Ryan Langerhans has cleared waivers and will report to the Rainiers on Wednesday. It's a pleasant surprise for the Mariners. There was some thought Langerhans could be claimed by a team, but perhaps it helped they DFA'd him this early into the season when teams have their 25-man rosters basically set.
Other notes from the opening day pre-game meeting with Wakamatsu ...
LHP Cliff Lee will throw on Tuesday - 60 pitches - and then will probably throw a simulated game on Friday.
"We talked about him doing a sim game earlier, but we wanted to stretch him out a little bit more before he went into a 30 or 40 pitch sim game," Wakamatsu said.
LHP Erik Bedard will throw a lighter bullpen on Wednesday and try to be stretched out to 60 pitches by Friday.
“Lee will throw tomorrow, 60 pitches, and then look to do a sim game on Friday. Earlier we talked about him doing a sim game (earlier?). We wanted to stretch him out a little bit more before he went into a 30 or 40-pitch sim game. Bedard will throw a lighter bullpen on Wednesday and try to be stretched out to 60 pitches on Friday.”
Of course, Wakamatsu was asked about Milton Bradley and his eventful first road trip, including the one-finger salute. He confirmed that the two had a meeting on Sunday.
"We talked and again, it’s trying to get him to understand he doesn’t need to carry this club and put all that pressure on himself," Wakamatsu said. There are going to be people looking for him and I understand that, but lead by example. He was remorseful in our conversation. He cares a lot and lot of fans don’t realize he cares sometimes too much about his performance. It applies to everybody."
Wakamatsu mentioned some of the mistakes that catcher Adam Moore was making as an example.
“It doesn’t matter whether you have seven games or seven years, everyone is susceptible to pressure, it’s learning how to deal with it.”
It's something all athletes faced.
“There have been players throughout history and very few that I have known who are able to handle it that well," Wakmatsu said. "We talked about not fueling the fire and relying on his teammates to help him out.”