Mike Sweeney just finished taking batting practice and doing some other activities on the field. Manager Don Wakamatsu said before BP that depending on how Sweeney he feels following the session, he was activated tonight and be available for pinch hit duties.
UPDATE: Lefty Luke French was optioned to Triple A Tacoma to make room on the roster.
He didn't let on what the corresponding roster move would be.
Could it be Mike Carp being optioned back to Triple A Tacoma? Well Carp is in the starting lineup tonight. Maybe Matt Tuisaosopo gets sent down. Heck someone even mentioned the possibility of Casey Kotchman being designated for assignment.
Lot's of other medical updates to check on here ...
Erik Bedard (shoulder surgery was scheduled to throw a bullpen today and is scheduled to head to Arizona and throw three innings on Monday - between 40 and 50 pitches. If that goes he will throw on Saturday in Arizona and stretch it out to about 60-65 pitches
Doug Fister (shoulder fatigue) threw a bullpen and he’ll throw Sunday in Tacoma, between 50-60 pitches. Wakamatsu said they haven’t made a decision yet, but Fister will throw either the first or second game of the series in Milwaukee.
Jack Wilson (hamstring strain played seven innings yesterday with the Rainiers and will play nine innings tonight.. He’ll play nine again tomorrow, have an off day and then Wakamatsu will evaluate whether we’ll bring him up.
Adam Moore (hamstring strain) is improving, but it will probably be another couple of days before he’s back in a ballgame.
Josh Bard (calf strain) is to be activated today and probably catch three or four innings with the Rainiers.
Wakamatsu said Mark Lowe (season-ending back surgery) is doing well in his rehab but he won’t come to the ballpark until Tuesday.
I stopped and briefly chatted with Miguel Cairo, who's getting the start at DH. I know I used to tease Cairo back in 2008 about being so happy just to get to play once every nine days, but he really is a good guy, and extremely professional. Last year, I visited with him for about 30 minutes, and he talked about his time with the Mariners, particularly Yuni Betancourt and Jose Lopez. Needless to say, he wasn't really impressed with either players understanding of what it took to be good. And how the two players operated with no repercussions for not doing things properly.
"They just don't get it," he said. "And they don't seem to care."
I can remember Cairo trying to preach to Yuni and Lopez and Wlad Balentien incessantly. And now look what's happened, Betancourt has been traded to KC, where he's been somewhat decent. Lopez has a .233 batting average and pathetic .259 on-base percentage and .313 slugging percentage and Balentien is out of baseball.
But you know I'm playing this in honor of Miggy Cairo getting a start ...
- Orlando Cabrera SS
- Brandon Phillips 2B
- Joey Votto 1B
- Scott Rolen 3B
- Jonny Gomes LF
- Chris Heisey CF
- Jay Bruce RF
- Ramon Hernandez C
- Miguel Cairo DH
RHP Johnny Cueto (6-1, 4.50 ERA)
- Ichiro Suzuki RF
- Chone Figgins 2B
- Milton Bradley DH
- Jose Lopez 3B
- Franklin Gutierrez CF
- Josh Wilson SS
- Mike Carp 1B
- Rob Johnson C
- Michael Saunders LF
LHP Cliff Lee (4-2, 2.88 ERA)