Notice something missing in the Mariners line-up? Yep, Kyle Seager's name isn't penciled in at third base. It's the first time that's happened in 106 games.
"I only had like 2,100 left to get Ripken," Seager said.
Manager Eric Wedge pulled Seager aside and told he'd be getting a day off.
"I've been thinking about it for a while and I kind of hinted at it with you guys the other day," Wedge said. "It was either going to be today or Sunday. I figured today after a travel day is a good thing, plus we've got Felix (Hernandez) pitching Sunday so you want to have a regular crew in there when he's in there."
Seager understood, but still wanted to play.
"He doesn't have to tell me anything if he doesn't want to," Seager said. "He just told me his thoughts behind everything and get a breather and finish out the rest of the season off."
Wedge was so focused on the idea of giving Seager a day off that he put his name down twice in the reserves.
So what will Seager do with his day off?
"Well, I will probably take it a little easier today, just do some light cage stuff and get the work in I need to be ready for the game and not as much extra stuff," Seager said.
Ready for the game? Isn't this an off day? Not in Seager's mind, he's fully anticipating a chance to pinch hit or play late inning defense.
"Sometimes it can be just as stressful mentally on the bench because you have to think about the situations- am I going to pinch hitting here? Or am I going in for defense here?," he said. "You're in the game just as much if not more."
Wedge isn't surprised with Seager'st hinking.
"I don't think he ever totally turns it all the way off," Wedge said. "But what I think he does do is downshift a little bit from maybe fifth gear to second or third gear."
It's a little odd since Seager went 2-for-4 yesterday against the Tigers. But this has probably been planned out for a few days.
Coming into Sunday, he was 2-for-40.
"I figured a couple of little things out," Seager said. "Yesterday, felt good. It was good to see a few balls drop."
Brad Miller, who is recovering from a strained hamstring, ran outfield sprints, participated in a full batting practice and fielding regimen before the game. It's a sign he's close to returning.
"I'd play tonight if I could, but they want me to wait," Miller said. "I'm hoping for Sunday."
It seems like a possibility since Wedge is hoping for Sunday or possibly Monday
"He had a really good day today," Wedge said. "He's still not there yet, but he's close."
The Mariners starting rotation for the final homestand is still undecided. Brandon Maurer will start the first game on Monday against the Royals, but after that there is some uncertainty. After saying Hisashi Iwakuma would make one more start on Saturday, Wedge wasn't quite as definitive. Iwakuma has thrown 211 2/3 innings this season. The Mariners original plan was not to let him exceed 210 innings. But Wedge felt with how strong Iwakuma looked against Detroit that he would make that final start. Another reason for the hesitancy is how Felix Hernandez feels after making his start on Sunday.