Rich Donnelly resumed his coaching duties at third base Tuesday for the Seattle Mariners 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 (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 join Moore in starting their pro careers at Everett.
Designated hitter Mark Trumbo has 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 past 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 past 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-start 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.”
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 matchup with Seattle’s Felix Hernandez (9-3, 3.38 ERA) facing off against San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner (7-3, 3.16).