I have been asked/complained to on the Twitter as to why Dustin Ackley isn't in the line-up. I don't know. We haven't talked to acting manager Robby Thompson yet. And we won't get to for another hour and a half at least.
It could be that Thompson wanted to get Michael Morse in the line-up immediately and decided to have the more experienced outfielder - Michael Saunders - in between Morse and Raul Ibanez.
Thompson may have wanted to give Ackley a work day to get used to the crazy outfielder in Fenway, which is unique.
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Thompson may have just decided to give Ackely a day off.
The Mariners have three outfield spots and four guys - Ibanez, Morse, Ackley and Saunders to vying for playing time. They are going to find a way to make it work. Of course, natural attrition like injuries, days off, platoons will help determine that. Player moves with the trade deadline looming - though not as likely - are a possibility. It's obviously something we'll ask Thompson pre-game. Until then, feel free to speculate.
Speaking of speculation. We are in the silly season now. The trade deadline is on Wednesday at 1 p.m. PST. So until that time expect to hear and see things like this ...
Obviously, I think Perez is quite tradeable along with Joe Saunders. Supposedly the Orioles have interest in Perez. Lesser guys like Brendan Ryan and Endy Chavez could get moved. But I think Ibanez and Kendrys Morales aren't going anywhere. Michael Morse hasn't played enough, but he does have a somewhat of a track record of power when and if he's healthy. But what do I know.
Morse was in good spirits pregame.
"I feel good ," he said. "I feel healthy. It's good to be back."
Morse missed 31 games with the strained quadriceps. The team went 18-13 during that time. That success made being stuck on the disabled list slightly more tolerable.
"It's a lot easier when the team has been playing well," he said.
Between the broken pinky finger early in the season, and the strained quadriceps, Morse hasn't been 100 percent for more than a handful of games.
In the final year of his contract, the injuries and down lack of production likely have cost him some money on the free agent market.
"It's been a tough season," he said. "But everybody plays with injuries. I'm healthy now. I got two more months to help the team. My goal is to help the team as much as possible."