Closer David Aardsma will fly home Saturday morning to join his wife, Andrea, for the birth of their first child.
The Seattle Mariners knew she was expecting some time on this trip, and apparently the couple will induce birth once Aardsma is home and take part.
"We expect him to be gone three days," manager Don Wakamatsu said.
It's a nice gesture, and one big-league teams all make, but it leaves Seattle in a tenuous spot. They started the season with three relievers with late-inning experiene on their roster - Aardsma, Mark Lowe, Brandon League and Shawn Kelley.
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Today, only League is with the team. Lowe and Kelley are both on the disabled list.
In their place, Wakamatsu's choices: Garrett Olson, Brian Sweeney, Chad Cordero and Sean White. If Doug Fister can only go six innings Saturday, it could get dicey, indeed.