Mariners manager Eric Wedge made an appearance again in the clubhouse today. Talking to the players and even talking with the media. He looks good and is in very good spirits. He said his recovery is progressing well. But didn't offer any hint as to when he will be back. I'm guessing it may be another week or two at the earliest.
So this throw happened last night ...
Manager Robby Thompson said that the throw was actually a product of a mistake by second baseman Nick Franklin.
"It was a mental mistake by Nick which caused the throw by Raul," Thompson said. "Just to clear that up, that’s been talked about. Raul was trying to throw the ball to second base. Nick had already vacated to do a double relay to third base. He should have stayed at second base. Once Raul looked up and there was nobody there, he tried to hold onto it, and the ball got away from him. Raul talked to Nick afterwards in a professional way, let him know and handled it great. I followed up with Nick today, he understands and knows he kind of made a mistake."
We've seen a few defensive mistakes from Nick Franklin and Brad Miller the past few days. This should have been expected. Both players had defensive issues as the progressed through the minor leagues. So to think it would somehow get better in the big leagues was unrealistic.
"It’s different up here than it is in Tacoma, and that’s an obvious thing," Thompson said. "They’re figuring that out up here now. It’s hard to finish off at the big league level. I know that personally. There will be mistakes."
It isn't a matter of lack of motivation or pregame work.
"They’re doing all the right things," Thompson said. "Their pre-game work is good, they know what to work on, they have good routines. It’s all going to be part of being in play during those nine innings of ball. Situations they’re in, they have to think ahead of time. For instance with Miller, Rasmus on first, the guy can run. Coming in and trying to make that difficult play to second base, even if it’s a good play, you probably don’t even have him. So he’ll learn from that. He needs to know ahead of time and anticipate certain situations."