Russell Branyan and Mike Carp are headed back to Seattle through Dallas, flying to Texas with the team, then on to Washington to be checked out by Mariners medical experts.
Carp will have an MRI on his strained right arch, while Branyan will have his ailing back examined. Bottom line? It would be a surprise if either man played another inning this season.
Even if the injuries are not serious, is this the time of season - or the kind of season - for a team to put any player at risk? No.
So the Mariners will have to decide whether to pick up Branyan's one-year, $5 million option based on his .237 average, 25 home runs and 57 RBI in 109 games this season. As for Carp, the 24-year-old obtained in the J.J. Putz-Franklin Gutierrez deal of 2008, his future is cloudier.
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Carp batted .189 in 14 games with Seattle this season, but had a career-high 29 home runs playing in Tacoma. His path to the big leagues seems blocked at every position he can play - first base (Justin Smoak), left field (Michael Saunders, Greg Halman) and designated hitter (Milton Bradley, Branyan).