Mariners Insider Blog

Mariners' clubhouse: 'There is an urgency'

Manager John McLaren on the state of his team:

We've dug ourselves a hole here, let's be honest about it. We've got to get going again, feel good about ourselves, swing the bats, swing at good pitches and doing the things we're capable of doing. We're trying to do too much and not working the count. Little things like that show up.

We're not panicking by any means, but there is an urgency. There's a point that we've got to go in the other direction. We've got to start putting some slashes in the left-hand column and getting some wins and just get on a roll the other way. We're kind of treading water. We haven't hit collectively as a team. Sometimes we have nine hits in a game, but they're scattered and there's nothing together. We've got to keep fighting.

Left fielder Wladimir Balentien on feeling more a part of the team this season:

Right now, I've got more opportunity to help the team than I had last year. I feel so great and excited to have the opportunity right now.

Utility player Mike Morse on his shoulder injury:The doc said my arm is probably going to be better than it was before.I think winter ball would help me a lot to get ready for next year.

My goal (this season) is to cheer these guys on and help the team win any way I can now.