There was a minor uproar on Twitter, and I was doing some serious pouting today when the lineup came out and Dustin Ackley was not in it. He really is the best thing going for the Mariners.
When we didn't see Ackley in the clubhouse and noticed, that he was not in any of the BP groups.
Well we know why, he has some mildly bruised ribs.
Check out this video of Mariners manager Eric Wedge explaining it.
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So it seems as though Ackley homered off of Jonny Venters with bruised ribs.
Wedge didn't see overly concerned, so we may see Ackley tomorrow. They may even give him an extra day just in case. You don't want something to get irritated and become worse.
The Mariners still haven't announced, who Sunday's starter is going to be. Wedge knows who it is, but won't release it till tomorrow. He did admit it was a pitcher not with the team right now. So that means it someone from the Rainiers.
French pitched Monday in Las Vegas and picked up the win, pitching 6 2/3 innings allowing four runs on six hits.
French struggled early this season, but has pitched better of late. The rough start against Colorado Springs a few weeks ago came after he missed some time for the birth of his first child.
If you erase his last start, Beavan has been pretty solid lately. The 6-foot-7 right-hander, who was acquired in the Cliff Lee, is 5-3 with a 4.45 ERA. He's just 22 years old.
Beavan is not on the 40-man roster. However, the Mariners could DFA Jose Yepez, who would almost certainly clear waivers, to make room for him.
I think Beavan has earned this shot to show the Mariners what he can do for a couple of starts. Seattle basically knows what they are going to get with French.
A few other notes ...
The Mariners continued to make roster moves today as reliever Josh Fields and left-hander Anthony Vazquez were called up to Triple A Tacoma. Lefty Royce Ring was released.
Talked with GM Jack Zduriencik about the promotion of James Paxton to Double A Jackson. He said there was a pretty good chance that Paxton would move fast through the organization and that Double A was the proper fit. He liked the challenge for Paxton. Ht praised Paxton's maturity and poise on the mound.
Zduriencik also gushed about Taijuan Walker. He mentioned Walker has hit 98 mph with his fastball and has four pitches.