Mariners Insider Blog

PREGAME NOTES and LINKS: Two days in a row? That's right.

Back again for the second day in a row. It was a pretty quiet and uneventful morning up here at Safeco.

Not much going on in the way of news. Adrian Beltre will meet with a thumb and hand specialist today to check on his thumb. Manager Jim Riggleman said that Beltre's thumb was pretty sore after having a dye injection for an MRI on Tuesday. Beltre will probably out three or four more days at least and really it could be longer if the doctors decided surgery is needed post haste.

Not much else to report. Cesar Jimenez will start today and Riggleman said that going three innings would be the best case scenario. Look for Sean Green, Roy Corcoran, Miguel Batista and JJ Putz to all pitch today, Riggleman said it's vital that all of them see some mound time.

Since we have done this for awhile, let's get to some links.

Well, we all knew it was coming, but LOUUUUUUUU finally snapped after last night Cubs loss. Here's Gordon Wittenmeyer's story about it. But if you'd like to hear the audio, you can listen to it here.

Here's Phil Rogers column on Lou's complaints.

But even as bad as the Cubs have been the last few weeks, the Brewers really haven't been much better.

Top draft pick Josh Fields still hasn't signed with the Mariners as there is still some negotiating with his signing bonus, or perhaps its because his agent - Satan, er, Scott Boras - is busy with his other client Pedro Alvarez and the little issue they're having with Pittsburgh Pirates.

Here's another story on the situation.

I've never been a big fan of Boras. Here's an article which can give you some reasons to follow my way of thinking.

Of course not everyone agrees with me, particularly the writer of this story.