SAN FRANCISCO — Rich Donnelly resumed his coaching duties Tuesday for the Seattle Mariners at third base after being hospitalized late Monday afternoon for what was diagnosed as a urinary infection.
Donnelly complained of stomach pains prior to Monday’s game.
“I spent three hours (on Monday) at the hospital,” he said. “They catheterized me, and they gave me some IVs of some medicine that they say will get rid of the infection. Hopefully, this thing gets cleared up.”
Donnelly had a cancerous growth removed a few years ago from his stomach — so any stomach pains raise a red flag.
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“It was painful,” he said. “I had to go get a catheter. Then they gave me some medicine to take away the infection. I’m about 70 percent.”
Donnelly said he planned to see a urologist on Wednesday morning in Seattle as a follow-up procedure.
The Mariners confirmed contract agreements with 27 of their 40 picks in last week’s draft, including eight of their first 10 picks. They also assigned those 27 players to minor-league affiliates.
Previously, the club had only confirmed deals with its top two picks, pitchers Nick Neidert and Andrew Moore. Neidert will report to Peoria in the Arizona Rookie League, while Moore will pitch at Short-A Everett
Others deals now confirmed among the Mariners’ top-10 picks include outfielder Braden Bishop (third round) of Washington, and shortstop Drew Jackson (fifth) of Stanford.
Both players signed for the slotted amount: $607,700 for Bishop as the 94th overall pick; $335,400 for Jackson as the 155th pick. Bishop and Jackson will Moore in starting their pro careers at Everett.
SLOTTED VALUES FOR MARINERS’ DRAFT PICKS
Major League Baseball assigns slotted dollar values to all players selected through the first 10 rounds. A club’s bonus pool is the sum of those values.
Clubs are not bound to the slotted amount on any specific player, but there are fines and penalties if a club exceeds its total bonus pool.
Players selected after the 10th round don’t count against the pool for bonuses up to $100,000.
The Mariners have a bonus pool of $4,186,900.
They are currently $152,500 under their slotted bonuses with two players still unsigned through the 10th round. That money can be applied to those two players or to any player(s) selected after the 10th round whose bonus exceeds $100,000.
Here are the assigned values and what bonus they received:
2++RHP Nick Neidert++$1,025,900++$1,200,000+$74,100 over
2b++RHP Andrew Moore++$852,800++$800,000++$52,800 under
3++OF Braden Bishop++$607,700++$607,700++At slot
4++RHP Dylan Thompson++448,000++not signed++N/A
5++SS Drew Jackson++$335,400++$335,400++At slot
6++RHP Kyle Wilcox++$251,100++$225,000++$26,100 under
7++1B Ryan Uhl++$188,400++$50,000++$138,400 under
8++RHP Cody Mobley++$169,600++$300,000++$130,400 over
9++1B/3B Conner Hale++$158,300++not signed++N/A
10++RHP Darin Gillies++$149,700++$10,000++$139,700 under
Designated hitter Mark Trumbo is sufficiently recovered from back spasms that he was able to serve Tuesday as a pinch-hitter; he grounded out in the seventh inning.
Trumbo’s problems surfaced in batting practice prior to Sunday’s game at Houston.
“I think if this was the playoffs,” McClendon said, “he could play. I’d imagine he’d probably be back in there (Wednesday).”
Whatever the reason behind the Mariners’ surge-and-sputter attack, third baseman Kyle Seager is on a hot streak that is now approaching five weeks.
Seager is batting .314 (37-for-118) over the last 32 games with six doubles, seven homers and 17 RBIs. His season totals are up to 11 homers, 36 RBIs and a .275 average.
First baseman Logan Morrison had three hits and stole a base Monday night as the leadoff hitter in a 5-1 victory over the Giants.
So only one other first baseman has accomplished that feat in the last 16 years. Boston’s Brock Holt did it on June 1, 2014 against Tampa bay.
Morrison batted leadoff for the eighth time Tuesday and, despite going hitless in three at-bats, is 9-for-32 in the role for a .281 average.
“It’s seemed to jump-started him a little bit,” McClendon said. “His at-bats are better. He’s gone deeper into counts. He’s getting hits and taking his walks. He’s driven in some runs up there as well.”
GUTI ON A ROLL
Franklin Gutierrez is back in the lineup at Triple-A Tacoma after a two-game weekend absence because of ongoing health issues and extended his hitting streak to 19 games Tuesday by going 2-for-5 in a loss at Reno.
Gutierrez, 32, is batting .364 in his surge with six doubles, two homers, 15 runs and 12 RBIs. His season totals are up to six homers, 26 RBIs and a .329 average in 43 games.
Maybe it’s because Lo-A Clinton was rained out at Fort Wayne, but the Mariners and their affiliates were unbeaten Monday — going 6-0, including the big-league club’s 5-1 victory over the Giants.
Clinton opened a six-game homestand Tuesday against Quad Cities (Astros) looking to break a 15-game losing streak, which is already tied for the longest skid in Midwest League history.
The LumberKings’ rainout aside, the unbeaten day is notable because neither the Mariners nor any of their four full-season affiliates have winning records.
It was 32 years ago Wednesday — June 17, 1983 — that Al Cowens legged out what appeared to be an inside-the-park homer at Kansas City, only to be called out for missing second base.
The occurred in the second inning after a traditional homer by Richie Zisk gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead. Cowens hit a liner to left. The Royals appealed that he missed second base. The umpires agreed.
The Mariners lost 3-1.
The Mariners and Giants head north to conclude their two-and-two series with two games at Safeco Field. The first one, at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, offers a marquee pitching match-up.
Felix Hernandez (9-3, 3.38) will face San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner (7-3, 3.16). The game can be seen on Root Sports Northwest and heard on 710 ESPN.