A few notes here from balmy Arlington, Texas where it is already 86 degrees and humid at 10:17 a.m. It's supposed to get up to 99 degrees today, and there is a slight chance of showers.
My buddy Larry Stone over at the times reported on Twitter that DH Mike Sweeney will go on the DL because of a sore back and Rainiers first baseman Mike Carp will be called up. I haven't got it confirmed. But Stoney is rarely wrong. So expect to hear the move officially made later today.
Carp started off extremely slow this season. On May 18th, his batting average had slipped to .195 and his OBP was .277 and slugging was .383. Since then he began the process of climbing out of the early funk, picking up 21 hits in his next 15 games with four homers and 11 RBI. He raised his average to .250, his OBP to .319 and his slugging to .457. Obviously those numbers aren't exceptional, but an improvement.
The MLB draft is today. The first round will be televised on mlb.com and MLB TV, starting at 3 p.m. A year ago, it was a very exciting day. The M's had two first round picks and a compensation pick. This year, it's a little different. The M's forfeited their pick to the Angels as compensation for signing free agent Chone Figgins. The M's first pick isn't till the compensatory round (for Adrian Beltre) - 43rd overall.
Obviously it isn't as exciting as last year when they had the No. 2 pick. Here's a few mock drafts to look at it - Jim Callis of Baseball America and Keith Law of ESPN and Most all of them have 17-year-old catcher Bryce Harper going first.
A little over a week ago, I wrote about the Mariners playing a stretch of 20 games in 20 days that could ultimately decide their fate for this season. Well, we are 10 games into it. And they are 4-6. They took three of four from the Minnesota Twins, but they have looked awful against the Angels. The way they lost these games to the Angels may be more disconcerting than the losses themselves. Things need to change immediately, or the Mariners could find themselves 10 games out by the time this week ends.
Finally, I wrote my Sunday column on Ken Griffey Jr.'s retirement and the reminder that it also speaks to our own mortality.
It made me sad. It was another reminder that things are finite, including athletic careers. A player’s exploits will live on forever in our minds, but the skills and talent that propelled them to such feats eventually erode, sometimes quickly, cruelly and without warning.
It’s never easy to see our heroes grow old. It stings to see them as a shell of what once was and know that it never will be again.I will post the minor league report a little later this afternoon.