Mariners Insider Blog

More pregame notes ... and video of Eric Wedge

On the trade deadline .... Wedge didn't feel like there was tension in his clubhouse with the upcoming deadline. But he did admit players can't help but be aware. He didn't say anything to the young players that are going through it for the first time.

Of note on the lineup .... Wedge said that the reason John Jaso and Carlos Peguero are in there against lefty Ricky Romero is to combat Romero's outstanding changeup. Also, Wedge said that he didn't want Jaso or Peguero to sit too long with another lefty tomorrow. And besides they are going to have to hit against a lefty every once in a while.

On the injury front ... Franklin Gutierrez was in the process of taking more tests for his concussion. He has hit, taken flyballs and did some running. Now he's just waiting to get cleared for full activitiy.

Charlie Furbush threw a flat ground session, and the Mariners will look to work him back into full bullpen sessions later this week.

Erasmo Ramirez will pitch tonight for the Tacoma Rainiers on his rehab assignment.