Well, the clouds and drizzle that I had in Tacoma are not evident here at a sunny Safeco Field. The Mariners are taking BP right now.
Let's get to a few pregame notes ...
Yuni Betancourt is progressing nicely from his hamstring strain and will do some drills today and tomorrow to test it. He may get sent out to Tacoma over the next few days for some rehab work, but manager Don Wakamatsu said he doesn't not anticipate that Yuni will be activated till after the all-star break.
Mike Sweeney is day to day with back spasms.
Erik Bedard is good to go for tomorrow and will likely be on pitch count of around 75 to 80 pitches. ON Sunday, he'll be closer to 100.
In the Mariners clubhouse, outfielder Endy Chavez made an appearance in the M's clubhouse, coming on a set of crutches, and still smiling as usual. With the swelling down and the range of motion a little better, Chavez will have surgery on Thursday to repair his torn ACL and MCL.
We talked with Chavez about the play and he said that he did not try to call of Yuni on the play.
"No, no, no," he said. "When I saw the ball, I got it in my mind to dive for it. I saw Yuni at the last (second) and I said I'm not going to dive for it now. I tried to stop but I can't get out of the way in time. So I tried to catch the ball and prepare myself to get hit. The next thing I found out I was in the air."
Chavez is placing no blame on either party involved.
"That's part of the game," he said. "I know we were playing hard and Yuni attacks the ball pretty good too. There's no way he can call me off and no way I can call him off. It's something that happens in the game. It's something you are not expecting. But it's in the air and anything can happen in baseball games."
As for the injury itself, Chavez lost his smile pretty quickly when talking about the pain.
"It was unbelievable," he said. "I knew something was wrong because it was so painful that I couldn't even move my leg. I knew something was wrong in there. The pain was terrible. Now it's just uncomfortable because you can't do anything with it."
Over on the Orioles side, former Mariner prospect Kam Mickolio was called up from Triple A Rochester today. So that means, four of the six players involved in that much-debated trade last offseason are in uniform --- Erik Bedard, who is scheduled to pitch tomorrow against his old team., George Sherrill, who was named an all-star for the second straight year, Adam Jones, who was named to his first all-star game, and Mickolio. Also of note, Chris Tillman will represent the Orioles in the All-Star Futures game during the all-star break.