Yes, it's another blog post. I'm trying to set a record for number of posts during a day.
Anyway, the news of Adam Moore being called up from Tacoma and Rob Johnson being sent down to the Rainiers broke yesterday.
But since the official move never occurred until today, Moore or the Mariners could not and would not talk about it.
Moore took early batting practice and then met with the media and talked about how this time with the big club it will be different.
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"I’ve been working a lot down there on being more consistent," he said. "I’m going to bring it up here, stay with my plan, and continue to work on it."
The main component of that plan is letting the ball travel when it is pitched and focus on hitting it up the middle and to right-center - where he has the most power. Like many players when the struggle, he got in the habit of lunging at pitches and trying to pull everything. That's not how he hit to get himself up to the big leagues. All it takes is a few bad games to fall into that habit.
"Oh, definitely. I’ve already experienced that," he said. "I’ve told myself not to let that happen again. As soon as you have a couple of bad games, you tend to dwell and get yourself mentally out of whack. I’ve already experienced it. I’m going to continue to do what I did in Triple-A. I had bad games there, too."
Moore admitted the Mariners had no reason to call him back up to the big club after he came off the disabled list and completed his rehab stint.
"What I did here, I didn’t earn anything," he said. "I didn’t prove I belonged here to stay. I was in a huge slump."
But now he believes he will prove that he will stay. Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said that Moore is the starting catcher as of now and will do the bulk of the work behind the plate with Josh Bard acting as the back-up.
"We're going to play him just about every day," Wakamatsu said. " Obviously we'll look at some matches and when it's a night and day we might give him one off and let Bard catch in that situation, but he's up here to play. We're actually going to have Roger Hansen up here because he's seen him play a lot in the last month or so and he's done a great job down there offensively and defensively.
I talked to Adam today and he's pretty excited about it. He left here during that Tampa Bay series when he was starting to turn the corner a little bit. We kind of took some of the pressure off and he started swinging the bat and then he got hurt. He went down there to Triple-A knowing a little bit of an idea of how he should come back up and that's what we're hoping we'll see a little of when he gets in and plays tonight."
Moore believes the consistent time will only help.
"That’s key – getting more consistent at-bats day after day," he said. " Go 0-for-4 – oh, well, tomorrow’s a new day. I’ve already had that learning experience early in the season. I’m ready to go. I hope it is my job and I play every day. Just continue to do what I’ve been doing."
Wakamatsu said Johnson, who started for Tacoma this afternoon, was disappointed.
"No. 1, he was very professional," Wakamatsu said. "Rob knows he's had a lot of opportunities over the last year and a half and knows he's got to make some adjustments. We talked about some of the catching miscues he's had and some of the offensive adjustments he's got to make. He understood and he's willing to go down there and work on it."
Reliever Shawn Kelley is moving closer to returning. He pitched one inning last night in Tacoma - and looked pretty solid. He will pitch again on Thursday in Everett and throw two innings.
"I felt good," he said. "Being in a situation where it actually mattered, rather than bullpens, or guys stepping in. It was nice. It was exciting. I just tried to get my work in and throw my pitches. It went well. It went as good as I expect it. I’m going to keep working to get back here as soon as I can."
Kelley believes he will not only be back this season, but be back soon.
"Oh, yeah. I’m pretty close to being ready now," he said. "It’s just a matter of getting my arm strength back and being able to throw more than one inning, and being able to throw back to back days, things like that. That’s what we’re moving toward now."
- Elvis Andrus SS
- Michael Young DH
- Josh Hamilton LF
- Nelson Cruz RF
- Jorge Cantu 3B
- Cristian Guzman 2B
- Bengie Molina C
- Mitch Moreland 1B
- Julio Borbon CF
RHP Colby Lewis (9-7, 3.40 ERA)
- Ichiro RF
- Chone Figgins 2B
- Casey Kotchman 1B
- Russell Branyan DH
- Franklin Gutierrez CF
- Adam Moore C
- Michael Saunders LF
- Matt Tuiasosopo 3B
- Jack Wilson SS
LHP Jason Vargas (6-5, 3.20 ERA)