Ryan Langerhans was caught by surprise this morning when the team brought him in and designated him for assignment, though he suspected something was going to happen.
"Any time you have an 11-man pitching staff and the bullpen gets stretched, you know something can happen," Langerhans said. "But three games in? That surprised me. Maybe you just never see it coming when it's you."
General manager Jack Zduriencik said designating Langerhans for assignment wasn't a move he enjoyed.
"It's always tough – you're affecting someone's life," Zduriencik said.
What it came down to was the need for another reliever capable of going more than one inning.
"David Aardsma, Mark Lowe, Sean White have all not gone more than an inning, usually, so that left us with three guys – Brandon League, Shawn Kelley and Kanekoa Texeira – who could go more than one," manager Don Wakamatsu said.
"Today, I need to stay away from League and Lowe, and Kelley and Texeira are both on one day of rest. If we needed a long reliever today, it would be Jesus Colome. I can't burn these guys out the first week of the season.
"Without Ryan, you eliminate our one left-handed pinch hitter against right-handers when (Ken Griffey) Junior is starting," he said. "And Ryan was our best backup center fielder. It's not easy."
After making that move, Wakamatsu tossed up an intriguing lineup – Mike Sweeney playing his first game and Matt Tuiasosopo playing first base. Game at 12:35 p.m. Here's the Mariners lineup:
- Ichiro, RF
- Chone Figgins, 2B
- Franklin Gutierrez, CF
- Milton Bradley, LF
- Mike Sweeney, DH
- Jose Lopez, 3B
- Matt Tuiasosopo, 1B
- Adam Moore, C
- Jack Wilson, SS
- Doug Fister, P