Mariners Insider Blog

A few pregame notes... August 23rd

OK, I'm back from Pullman, but Doug Pacey has the game tonight and Larry will be up tomorrow.

Here's some notes from him ...

Seattle Mariners reliever Sean Green was given a break at the beginning of August.

One of the American League leaders in appearances, the Mariners wanted to let right-hander rest his arm. Green didn't pitch for five days.

Turns out, the well-earned time off was the wrong decision.

"With all the right intentions, we sat him longer than we should have," Seattle manager Jim Riggleman said. "And it just seems that from that point on he hasn't been as sharp."

Since Green has returned from his five-day break, he has seen his earned run average climb nearly a full point to 3.64 from 2.88.

On Friday, Green, who leads the American League with 61 appearances, had one of his worst outings this season.

With a 4-1 lead, he replaced starter Ryan Feierabend at the start of the sixth inning. Green hit the first two Oakland batters, then sandwiched two singles around a fielders' choice before being pulled. By the time the inning ended, the Athletics had taken a 5-4 lead and all four runs were charged to Green (3-3).

Riggleman said that Green's unconventional delivery means that every so often he will "throw behind someone" but he can "come right back and throw quality strikes."

"I think he's getting closer," Riggleman said, "but last night was just a bad night."

Green (3-3) has thrown 64.3 innings this season. Riggleman said he expects Green to be able to make 80 appearances and throw 100 innings a season.

"I think Sean is a guy who can approach that," he said.

Bloomquist update

Nearly two weeks after being put on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right hamstring, Willie Bloomquist said he will not return unless he is confident his leg is fully healed.

"It has to be 100 percent," he said. "Without question."

Bloomquist, who is in the final year of his contract with the Mariners, said he plans to return before the end of the season.

Beltre DHing

Riggleman said that Adrian Beltre will DH tonight because of a sore shoulder a result of a diving for a ball. Here's the lineup...

Ichiro RF

Betancourt SS

Beltre DH

Ibanez LF

Lopez 2B

Balentien CF

Johjima C

LaHair 1B

Cairo 3B

P Washburn