"It's been an interesting day at Safeco Field.
It started with Adam Moore working on catching foul pops with catching coordinator Roger Hansen and then almost injuring himself while chasing down one near the Mariners dugout in front of interim manager Daren Brown.
"It wouldn't be the first time I had to scratch a catcher after early work with Roger," Brown said.
Will it be the last?
"It may not be," Brown said laughing.
Moore went for a four ball right near the opening of the dugout and as he approached how close he was, he gave up on the pop up and tried avoid injury, leaping into the dugout and out of sight.
"I heard Brownie and Chris (Woodward) yell, 'stairs, stairs,'" Moore said. "Right when I looked up it as too late, so I gave up on the ball and just tried to keep my balance."
It did help that Moore was wearing tennis shoes and not his spikes.
"I would have probably destroyed both ankles," he deadpanned.
Moore stayed down in the dugout for a while, trying to play up that he got hurt to Hansen.
"I was trying to milk it and hope that we shut it down," Moore said.
Hansen, who was feeding the pop ups through a pitching machine, never flinched.
"He was more concerned about his Oakley's being crushed," Moore said.
Indeed, Moore borrowed Hansen's sunglasses to do the drill because of the high sky.
"I thought he broke my glasses," Hansen said. "It's my last pair."
Hansen decided to do the drill because of the sunny skies.
"It was nice and clear outside and bright," Hansen said. "We could have done it yesterday but that would have been too easy."
And practicing pop-ups so close to the dugout?
"You have to practice those," he said. "Do balls ever go over by the stairs? Yes, they do.”
Hansen didn't think for a moment that Moore could have been injured.
"You don’t teach them to get hurt running over to the stairs," Hansen said. "He can handle it. Head butt the wall, catch the ball and come back out."
While Moore avoided injury, reliever Shawn Kelley seems to have avoided a second full Tommy John surgery.
Kelley underwent exploratory surgery today with Dr. Lewis Yocum and it was deemed largely successful since he did not have to have to replace the ulnar collateral ligament (Tommy John surgery) for the second time in his career.
“ What they are calling it is a partial Tommy John and not the ligament itself," Brown said.
Basically the ligament that Kelley had replaced in 2003 was "healthy and strong," Brown said.
However, there was some fraying of the ligament near the joint. Yocum fixed the fraying. Because there wasn't a complete replacement of the ligament, Kelley's return will be much quicker
"He will start rehab tomorrow and be able to start playing catch in four months," Brown said. "So that puts you in the spring training time. Naturally, that is good news for us and Shawn was happy about it. It’s a lot better news than another Tommy john and being out between 12 sand 18 months. We were excited to hear that. It is something that is kind of new. In fact, Dr. Yocum said it might be one of the first times he has done that procedure. He was very confident that he’ll be ready to go and start playing catch (soon). It was good news for us.”
- Reggie Willits LF
- Alberto Callaspo 3B
- Howard Kendrick 2B
- Torii Hunter RF
- Mike Napoli C
- Juan Rivera 1B
- Hideki Matsui DH
- Brandon Wood SS
- Peter Bourjos CF
RHP Trevor Bell (1-4, 5.07 ERA)
- Ichiro RF
- Chone Figgins 2B
- Franklin Gutierrez CF
- Russell Branyan DH
- Jose Lopez 3B
- Casey Kotchman 1B
- Michael Saunders LF
- Adam Moore C
- Josh Wilson SS
LHP Jason Vargas (9-7, 3.53 ERA)