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The Seattle Mariners placed Sexson on the bereavement list so he could return home and be with his wife while she gave birth to twins. The team expects him to be back on Monday.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is reporting that Reed is scheduled to take batting practice on Tuesday. Reed has been on the disabled list since early July after breaking his right thumb while diving for a ball.
Lopez was given Sunday's game off after bruising his left thumb earlier in the Texas series.
Broussard was held out of the Seattle Mariners' game on Saturday after being hit in the back of the knee with a pitch on Friday. Broussard said the knee was just bruised and the injury was minor and he should be back on Sunday.
The Seattle Times reported that Soriano was unavailable to pitch for the Mariners on Thursday due to continuing problems with his right shoulder fatigue. The right-hander has appeared in three games, since being removed from the disabled list on Aug. 4 with the injury.
Lowe has been sidelined since Saturday with a sore elbow. He was unavailable on Tuesday and isn't expected to pitch on Wednesday. The Seattle Mariners hopes to have him back on Thursday.
The Mariners placed Soriano on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder fatigue.
Everett was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Wednesday. Seattle has 10 days to trade or release the veteran designated hitter. To fill Everett's spot on the roster, Seattle recalled outfielder Chris Snelling from Triple-A Tacoma.
The Seattle Mariners acquired Broussard on Wednesday from the Indians for minor league outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. Cleveland, which will receive a player to be named by Aug. 31 to complete the deal, also will send cash to the Mariners to cover a portion of Broussard's salary.
Snelling was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday when veteran designated hitter Carl Everett was designated for assignment.
Reed is scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday to repair his broken right thumb and is expected to be out for eight weeks, the team said Wednesday. The Mariners' center fielder sustained the injury diving for a ball on Sunday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday. Dr. Carlton Keck, a hand specialist, will perform the surgery which involves a plate being placed in Reed's thumb.
Morse will have arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks, the team said Wednesday. The 24-year-old shortstop was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma last week where he sustained the injury.
Seattle's Suzuki was selected to his sixth All-Star team on Sunday, as the starting center fielder for the American League. Suzuki is batting .359 with 11 homers and 30 RBIs this season.
Reed broke his thumb attempting to make a diving catch in the 11th inning of Seattle's 4-3 loss to Colorado on Sunday. The center fielder is headed to the 15-day disabled list and could be out for longer. Reed landed awkwardly and left the game immediately.
Seattle's Lopez was selected to his first All-Star team on Sunday, as a reserve second baseman for the American League. Lopez is batting .282 with nine homers and 57 RBIs this season. Lopez was selected as an injury replacement for the Yankees? Robinson Cano, who won?t be able to play.
Green was placed on the 15-day disabled list after suffering severe back spasms following Seattle's 4-3, 11-inning loss to Colorado on Sunday. The right-handed reliever got the final out in the 11th, then suffered the spasms in the locker room. Green had a 6.19 ERA in 12 appearances out of the bullpen.
Johjima, the first Japanese catcher in the major leagues, has hit safely in all 11 interleague games and leads the majors with seven interleague home runs. He's batting .468 (22-for-47) with seven homers and 18 RBIs as the Mariners have rescued their season with their performance in interleague play.
Sexson went 5-for-5 with two homers and three RBIs in the Mariners' 9-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
Beltre made his return to Dodger Stadium special, hitting a two-run homer in his first at-bat and matching his career high with four runs as Seattle beat Los Angeles 9-4 on Tuesday night. The third baseman, who signed a $64 million contract with Seattle before 2005, also had a double and two walks.
Suzuki singled in the first inning on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, tying his AL-best streak. The Seattle Mariners outfielder is batting .363 with 22 RBIs this season.
Ibanez did not play in Seattle's game on Sunday against the Kansas City Royal because of flu-like symptoms. It was the first time the Mariners left fielder had not played since Sept. 8, 2004, which spans 244 games. He is batting .274 with 38 RBIs.
Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said he will go with a closer-by-committee after Eddie Guardado blew his third save in his last six outings Wednesday night. Soriano, who has a 2.30 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings this season, should be in the mix. Also figuring in ninth-inning duties are George Sherrill and J.J. Putz.
Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said he will go with a closer-by-committee after Eddie Guardado blew his third save in his last six outings Wednesday night. Putz is a candidate for ninth-inning duties. He is 1-0 with two saves, a 2.30 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings this season. He has allowed one run in his last 13 appearances -- a span of 14 innings in which he has fanned 19.
Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said he will go with a closer-by-committee after Eddie Guardado blew his third save in his last six outings Wednesday night. Sherrill, who is 0-1 with a save and a 3.24 ERA in 15 games, has allowed just one run in his last 11 appearances -- a span of six innings in which the left-hander has fanned eight.
Lawton got the start in center field Monday over struggling regular Jeremy Reed, and Willie Bloomquist played there Tuesday. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is reporting that Lawton will be in the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox and Reed will get the Thursday start.
For a second straight April, Reed is off to a poor start. Matt Lawton started in center field Monday and Willie Bloomquist drew the assignment on Tuesday. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is reporting that Lawton will be in center Wednesday against the White Sox and Reed will play there Thursday.
Mateo was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Mariners on Sunday with right shoulder tendinitis. To fill Mateo's spot on the active roster, right-hander Sean Green was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.
Broussard drove in a career-high eight runs in Cleveland's 15-3 victory over Boston Thursday. The Indians' first baseman stroked a grand slam in the first inning, homered again in the third, singled home two runs in the sixth and capped his night with a run-scoring single in the seventh. He also scored two runs.
Betancourt singled with two out in the 11th inning Monday to give the Mariners a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox, ending Chicago's eight-game winning streak.
Johjima had two RBIs in Thursday's 9-5 win over the Indians.
Lawton was activated by the Mariners on Wednesday after serving his 10-day suspension for testing positive for steroids. Lawton was suspended in November 2005 for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Because he tested positive under baseball's former program, he had to miss the first 10 days of this season.
Sexson went 3-for-5 and drove in five runs Tuesday. The Mariners' first baseman hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning of Seattle's 10-8 victory over the Angels.
With a single and double in the first two games of the season, Reed seems to be recuperating quickly from the wrist injury he suffered late in spring training. The Mariners' center fielder told the Tacoma News Tribune that the discomfort he feels isn't limiting him at the plate.
Johjima homered in the second inning to start a five-run rally in Seattle's 10-8 win over the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday. With his solo homer off John Lackey, the Mariners' catcher has hit a home run in each of his first two games in North America. The Japanese veteran signed with the Mariners over the offseason.
The Seattle Mariners claimed Quiroz off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays Friday. The 24-year-old catcher, once a highly regarded prospect in the Jays' system, has batted .205 in 88 at-bats with Toronto the last two seasons.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is reporting that a series of tests has revealed that Reed doesn't have a fractured bone in his wrist after all. The fracture detected in initial exams is at least 12 years old, and the Mariners' outfielder has nothing more than a sore hand. However old the fracture is that was detected, it's completely healed and Reed won't miss anywhere near the six weeks originally predicted.
Hernandez, widely considered the best young pitcher in the game, was scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday. The Seattle right-hander developed shin splints on Sunday, and the team says he's skipping the start as a precaution. Hernandez had the leg taped on Monday and walked without a limp when he joined the team for warmups on the practice field.
Reed has a broken bone in his right wrist and could be lost to the Seattle Mariners for six weeks. Mariners GM Bill Bavasi said Reed fractured a small bone inside his wrist when he ran into the padded center-field fence at Peoria Sports Complex on Thursday night. Reed was pursuing a fifth-inning flyball hit by Arizona catcher Johnny Estrada.
Beltre told The Seattle Times that his right hip flexor is not quite 100 percent, but the injury suffered in the World Baseball Classic wouldn't hinder him. The Mariners' third baseman asked to play against Oakland Monday night, after reporting back to camp earlier in the day, but the M's coaching staff asked him to work out on Monday and play on Tuesday.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is reporting that Beltre is battling a pulled right hip flexor. The Dominican coaching staff in the World Baseball Classic reportedly has informed the Mariners of the injury, which explains why he has been removed early in his last two WBC games.
Sexson sat out Seattle's Sunday game because of tightness in his right quad.
Hernandez fanned three in three innings of scoreless work for the Mariners on Sunday against the Rangers.
Meche will miss a scheduled turn on the mound Monday because of a strained oblique muscle in his left side. The Seattle right-hander will be re-evaluated in three days, but the injury is not believed to be serious.
Ibanez reportedly agreed to terms on a two-year, $11 million contract extension. The Seattle Mariners' left fielder had 92 runs and 89 RBIs in 2005.
Meche agreed Thursday to a $3.7 million, one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners, avoiding salary arbitration. The 27-year-old right-hander went 10-8 with a 5.09 ERA in 26 starts and three relief appearances last season. Although his contract is not guaranteed, Meche can make an additional $225,000 in performance bonuses.
Avoiding salary arbitration, Broussard agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract Wednesday with Cleveland. The Indians' first baseman hit .255 with 68 RBIs and 19 home runs last season, his fourth year with the team. Broussard can earn an additional $25,000 each for 525 and 550 plate appearances.
The Seattle Mariners have informed Hasegawa that they are not interested in bringing him back for the 2006 season, and the 37-year-old reliever has decided to retire. The Japanese-born right-hander spent nine years in the majors after beginning his career in his homeland. He retires with a 45-43 record, 33 saves and a 3.70 ERA in 517 games.
Johjima will become the first Japanese catcher to play in the U.S. after signing a $16.5 million, three-year deal with Seattle on Tuesday. Johjima hit .309 with 24 homers and 57 RBIs in 116 games for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks last season and made the All-Star team. He is regarded as the best catcher in Japan and has won seven straight Gold Gloves.
Mateo and Seattle agreed to a $1.875 million, two-year deal on Thursday, avoiding arbitration. The right-handed reliever was 3-6 with two blown saves and a 3.06 ERA in 55 games for the Mariners this season.
Soriano agreed to a one-year, $450,000 contract with the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, avoiding salary arbitration. The 26-year-old right-hander could earn additional bonuses based on how many starts and relief appearances he makes. Soriano, a middle reliever, is 3-6 with two saves and a 3.24 ERA in 63 career games.
The Seattle Mariners and Lawton agreed to a $400,000, one-year contract. The left-handed-hitting Lawton tested positive for steroids and has been suspended under the new MLB steroid policy. Lawton played with the Pirates, Cubs and Yankees in 2005, batting a combined .254 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs.
Washburn agreed to a four-year, $37.5 million deal with the Seattle Mariners on Monday, leaving the Los Angeles Angels for a team coming off consecutive last-place finishes.
Everett signed a $3.4 million, one-year contract with the Mariners on Wednesday. The designated hitter spent 2005 with the White Sox, hitting .251 with 23 HRs and 87 RBIs. The contract also includes a $600,000 buyout for 2007, meaning Everett is guaranteed $4 million.
On Wednesday, Lawton was suspended under the new MLB steroid policy. The veteran outfielder, who played with the Pirates, Cubs and Yankees in 2005, will serve a 10-game suspension at the start of the 2006 campaign. Lawton is a free agent after batting .254 with a .356 on-base percentage in 141 games last season.
The White Sox declined to pick up the option on Everett's contract for 2006, instead opting to pay a $500,000 buyout. Everett hit .251-23-87 in 135 games for the World Champions this year.
Washburn has been diagnosed with strep throat, but there is an AP report that the Angels' lefthander will be ready to work Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. He was scratched from Sunday's ALDS Game 4 start against the Yankees because of his illness.
By going 4-5 on Friday, Ichiro reached the 200-hit mark for the fifth straight season. He becomes just the sixth player in ML history with 200+ hits in five straight seasons.
The Seattle Mariners activated Wilson from the 60-day disabled list on Friday, so that the veteran catcher can make one more start before retiring at the end of the season. Wilson, who has been out since May 4, had knee surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The 36-year-old backstop rehabbed so that he could depart on a healthy note.
Angels' manager Mike Scioscia has flip-flopped his pitching rotation. Jarrod Washburn, who was scheduled to pitch on Friday, will now pitch on Saturday. Scioscia decided to let John Lackey pitch on Friday to get him in line to pitch the team's second game of the playoffs. Washburn will likely start game three of the divisional series.
An MRI exam on Wednesday revealed that Reed has a partially torn ligament in his left wrist. The Seattle center fielder is done for the year. He batted .254 with a .322 on-base percentage, 33 doubles and 61 runs scored in 141 games for the Mariners.
While it was thought that Reed wouldn't play again in 2005 because of a left wrist injury, the Seattle center fielder played Tuesday night for the first time since Friday. He doubled in five trips, and he's now batting .254 with 33 doubles and 61 runs scored in 141 games for the Mariners.
After a two-week layoff for forearm tendinitis, Washburn returned to the Angels' rotation Saturday and worked six innings to claim the "W" in a 7-3 win over Tampa Bay. The Angels' lefthander allowed five hits, a walk and two unearned runs to push his record to 8-8 with a 3.23 ERA in 28 starts this season.
With six games remaining in Seattle's season, Ichiro is four hits from reaching the 200-hit plateau for the fifth consecutive season. Only five players in major league history have accomplished the feat. The last was Wade Boggs in 1989, when he finished a string of seven straight 200-hit seasons. The others are Willie Keeler (eight), Chuck Klein (five), Al Simmons (five) and Charlie Gehringer (five).
On Friday night in Chicago, Reed aggravated an injury to his left wrist and isn't likely to play the rest of the year. "It's been bothering him for a while, but now it's as bad as it's been all year," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. "It's just gotten to the point where we have to shut him down." Reed is batting .255 with 32 doubles and 60 runs scored in 140 games this season.
After enduring his roughest big league outing at Texas on Friday, Hernandez carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning en route to a 3-2 Seattle win over Toronto on Wednesday. The teenager departed after 7.1 scoreless innings, after allowing a pair of hits. He walked three and struck out six Rangers.
Bartolo Colon stepped in and took Washburn's start on Tuesday night. The Angels' lefthander missed his second turn because of forearm tendinitis that has plagued him on and off all season. There is no timetable in place for Washburn's return.
After nearly a month on the disabled list for tendinitis in his right knee, Meche returns to the Seattle rotation and replaces Jeff Harris. Meche probably starts Sunday in Detroit. In his first game action since coming off the DL on Friday, the 27-year-old righthander worked two perfect innings of relief in Toronto on Tuesday night. He showed mid-90s heat and a solid curveball.
After beating the Rangers and Yankees in a pair of solid starts at the end of August, Harris has lost his last four outings and turned in just one quality start. The rookie righthander has been replaced in the Seattle rotation by Gil Meche and will work out of the Mariners' bullpen. Harris is 2-5 with a 4.18 ERA in nine games (seven starts) for Seattle.
The Mariners have activated righthanded pitcher Gil Meche from the 15-day disabled list. Meche has been on the DL since August 20 with tendinitis in his right knee. In 25 starts this season, Meche is 10-8 with a 5.23 ERA.
Although Washburn's forearm tendinitis was better on Wednesday, the Angels' lefthander missed his Wednesday start and he remains questionable for his next turn in the rotation. There is no timetable for Washburn to start throwing again.
Broussard broke out of a 1-for-25 slump in a big way on Tuesday against the Athletics by hitting two home runs and accounting for all five of the Indians' runs.
After tearing his anterior cruciate ligament on May 4 and sitting out since then, Wilson has decided to retire effective at the end of the year. The announcement all but ends a 14-year career spent primarily with the Seattle Mariners. He currently maintains a career average of .262 with 88 home runs and 519 RBI. More known as a defensive specialist behind the plate, Wilson has a .995 fielding percentage.
Washburn is expected to miss his Wednesday start because of forearm tendinitis. The Angels' lefthander will be replaced by top lefty prospect Joe Saunders, who will face Seattle in his second big league start. Washburn is 7-8 with a 3.35 ERA in 27 starts this season.
Strong was hit by a pitch on his left hand by Bruce Chen in the first inning on Sunday and suffered a broken bone. The Seattle outfielder's season is over shortly after he was called up for the second time on August 16. He appeared in 16 games, but only had 20 at-bats. In his brief time with Seattle, he hit .250 with six runs scored and two RBI.
Morse maintains that he continues to test positive for a steroid he used in November 2003 to help him recover from a torn thigh muscle. The Mariners' infielder said he was desperate to beat the lingering injury, which might have ended his career, and that he hasn't used any product that might generate a positive drug test since then. He said that he failed two drug tests in the minor leagues last season for the same reason.
Meche now is experiencing discomfort in his throwing shoulder. The Seattle righthander, who went on the disabled list in mid-August for knee tendinitis, won't be returning to the Mariners anytime soon. In 25 starts this season, he is 10-8 with a 5.23 ERA.
Major League Baseball has suspended Morse for 10 days after he failed a drug test for performance-enhancing drugs. The suspension was announced Wednesday, and it was the first penalty administered since Morse's Seattle teammate, pitcher Ryan Franklin, was banned for 10 days on August 2.
Soriano was activated from the 60-day disabled list. He made 13 minor league appearances over the past few months, most recently in Triple-A Tacoma, where he struck out 11 in 5.1 innings.
Snelling was transferred to the Mariners' 60-day disabled list.
Hernandez, Seattle's 19-year-old phenom, limited Oakland to four hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings Monday, and he earned his third win in a 2-0 decision over the A's. The teenager is 3-2 with a 1.59 ERA in seven starts. He has allowed just 31 hits and 10 walks in 51 frames, while fanning 50. Hernandez has six straight quality starts and hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his seven big league outings.
With a home run in each of the last two games, Ichiro has set a career high for home runs in a season. His previous high had been 13 in 2003, but he has surpassed that with 15 this season.
Bloomquist finally was getting regular playing time with the departure of Bret Boone, but the Mariners' utilityman was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained left hamstring. He left Monday's game against the Yankees in the fourth inning after hurting his hamstring while running down the first-base line. He is batting .257 with a .289 on-base percentage in 249 at-bats this season.
On Tuesday, the Seattle Mariners placed Willie Bloomquist on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Lopez to take the vacant roster spot. Lopez started at second base against the New York Yankees Tuesday night, and the promising 21-year-old prospect could get most of the starts there while Bloomquist is sidelined.
After departing following one inning Sunday because of blurred vision in his right eye, Sexson was back in the Seattle lineup Monday. The first baseman's vision had cleared up, and the diagnosis was a virus that had appeared in his throat initially and led to a high white blood-cell count in his right eye.
Despite a bruised knee he suffered while sliding on Sunday, Beltre was back in the Seattle lineup Monday against the New York Yankees. The Mariners' third baseman took early batting practice and the regularly scheduled batting practice before going 0-for-3 with a walk in Seattle's 7-4 loss to New York.
Bloomquist, getting a start at second base for Seattle on Monday, had to leave the game with a strained left hamstring. He was replaced by rookie shortstop and budding utilityman Mike Morse.
Sexson was removed after the first inning of Sunday's game with blurred vision in his right eye. He struck out in his only at-bat and was replaced by Dave Hanson. Sexson woke up with blurred vision and it was still a problem an hour after the game. If the problem still exists on Monday, the Mariners' first baseman will undergo tests on his eye.
Beltre was removed from Sunday's game in the fifth inning with an injured right knee and is considered day-to-day. He injured the knee diving back into first base to avoid being doubled up on a Greg Dobbs lineout. Beltre was 2-for-3 in the game before being replaced by pinch-runner Yuniesky Betancourt in the fifth.
For the second time in a month, Matt Lawton is on the move. On Saturday, the Cubs traded Lawton to the New York Yankees for minor league pitcher Justin Berg. Lawton, who began the season in Pittsburgh, had an on base percentage of just .289 in 19 games with the Cubs. For the season, Lawton is hitting .268 with 11 homers, 49 RBI, 61 runs and 17 stolen bases.
Quiroz was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse, as the Blue Jays designated Ken Huckaby for assignment. He hit .229 with six home runs and 18 RBI in 25 games in International League action.
Called up from Triple-A Tacoma to start in place of the disabled Gil Meche, Harris came through for the Mariners, checking the hard-hitting Texas Rangers on four hits and one unearned run over seven innings to claim an 8-2 win.
Carvajal was pulled from Tuesday's meeting with the Los Angeles Dodgers, due to a slightly strained pitching shoulder. The righthander, who tossed 1.1 perfect innings prior to his departure, will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. For now, he has been listed as day-to-day.
With Gil Meche landing on the disabled list, Harris is scheduled to be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to start Thursday when the Mariners face the Texas Rangers.
Sexson had a productive day at the plate in Saturday's victory over the Minnesota Twins, going 2-for-5 with a pair of home runs and five RBI. The Mariners' first baseman connected for a solo homer and a grand slam -- the eighth of his major league career -- to record his 22nd multihomer game.
Battling tendinitis in his right knee, Meche has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Seattle Mariners. The righthander, who has not posted a win since July 17, hopes to return within a couple of weeks. In 25 starts this season, he is 10-8 with a 5.23 ERA.
Dobbs was recalled by the Marienrs from Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday. Dobbs is hitting .226 in just 18 games with the Mariners so far this season. He takes the roster spot of Scott Spezio, who was released.
Beltre belted his sixth career grand slam as the Mariners sent the Kansas City Royals to their 18th consecutive loss, just three shy of the American League record 21 straight losses, set by the Baltimore Orioles at the start of the 1988 season.
Snelling faces arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, the fifth procedure on the joint. The Seattle outfield prospect admitted there definitely was a tear in the knee, marking the end of another injury-plagued season. The 23-year-old Snelling said he has thought about retirement.
The Seattle Mariners have recalled Strong, and the 27-year-old rookie is expected to get most of the starts in left field after Chris Snelling suffered a knee injury recently. Strong is a .293 hitter with a .371 OBP and 25 steals in 93 games for Triple-A Tacoma.
After shutting out the Minnesota Twins for eight innings in his last start, Hernandez was just as effective on Monday. The Mariners' 19-year-old rookie limited the Royals to a run on just three hits and a walk over eight frames. He struck out 11 Kansas City hitters en route to the 11-3 victory.
After batting .357 in 26 June contests, Morse has come back to earth, and the Seattle Mariners are weighing their options with the promising rookie. The M's have decided that shortstop will be the domain of fellow rookie Yunieksy Betancourt, the slick-fielding 23-year-old prospect who was recalled in late July. Morse is working with an outfielder's glove during practice time, and he may get a look in left field.
The Seattle Mariners will be recalling Strong on Monday. They intended to have him on the roster Sunday, when they returned reliever Jeff Harris to Triple-A Tacoma, but Strong was a day shy of being eligible to return after being demoted nine days earlier. He had appeared in two games for the Mariners at the start of August, but he didn't get a plate appearance.
The Seattle Mariners returned Harris to Triple-A Tacoma Sunday. After waiting more than a decade to reach the majors, the 31-year-old righthander stayed with the Mariners for 10 days. He was 0-1 with a 2.51 ERA in one start and two relief appearances.
Washburn, sidelined with a strained left forearm since making his last start on July 24, was activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday. The Angels' lefthander will face the Seattle Mariners in their series opener at Safeco Field on Friday evening. He is 6-6 with a 3.28 ERA in 21 starts this season.
A knee injury has landed Snelling on the 15-day disabled list, a week after he was recalled by the Seattle Mariners. A chance to claim the left-field job was on the line for the 23-year-old rookie, who sprained his left knee while running out a grounder during a 14-inning loss to Minnesota on Wednesday. His examination revealed a tear in a previous graft inside his knee.
After missing five games with a mild groin strain, Everett was back in the Chicago lineup as the White Sox' designated hitter. The 34-year-old veteran was 1-for-3 with an RBI double in the third inning of the Sox' 2-1 win over the New York Yankees.
The injury-prone Snelling gave way to a pinch-runner on Wednesday night, after he singled and felt a twinge in his left leg during the 14th inning of Seattle's loss to Minnesota. The injury appears to be minor, but the Mariners are likely to be cautious with the talented prospect, who has a history of suffering a significant ailment on almost a yearly basis.
Hernandez, the Seattle Mariners' gifted teenager, blanked the Minnesota Twins for eight innings in his second big league start on Tuesday. The 19-year-old righthander allowed just five hits and didn't walk a batter in Seattle's 1-0 victory. Hernandez fanned six, and Eddie Guardado worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to shut the door on his former teammates.
Everett missed the entire weekend series against Seattle, after the White Sox' DH-outfielder suffered a mild groin strain on Thursday. He took batting practice before Chicago's game in Yankee Stadium Monday, but won't return to the White Sox' lineup until at least Wednesday.
Hope has been rekindled that Soriano may return to the majors this year, following Tommy John surgery in August 2004. Over the weekend, the Mariners' promising righthander said he expects to head out on a 20-day minor league rehab assignment soon. He also said he might throw a simulated game Wednesday in Seattle.
The Seattle Mariners activated reliever Jeff Nelson from the bereavement list and returned Kida to Triple-A Tacoma. He made one appearance while Nelson was away from the team, working two innings and allowing a solo homer to Detroit's Chris Shelton as his only run allowed.
The Seattle Mariners recalled Snelling from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday. The talented but oft-injured prospect could take over in left field, replacing traded veteran Randy Winn. Snelling was a .370 hitter for Tacoma, with 50 runs scored and 46 RBI in 65 games. In an earlier stint with the Mariners in 2005, the 23-year-old outfielder was 2-for-9 (.222) with a double and three walks.
On Friday, the Seattle Mariners recalled outfielder Chris Snelling from Triple-A Tacoma and optioned Strong to the same affiliate. Strong, who was recalled a few days ago, made two appearances for the Mariners but didn't get to the plate. He's batting .293 with a .370 on-base percentage in 86 games for Tacoma.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim placed Washburn on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday night because of inflammation in his elbow. The move, which was announced after the Angels' 8-4 win over Baltimore, is retroactive to July 25. The Angels' southpaw tried throwing in the bullpen on Wednesday, but after the session, the club decided it was best to put him on the DL. He is 6-6 despite a 3.28 ERA that ranks seventh in the American League.
Nageotte, who was recalled on Wednesday, stuck around long enough to make his 2005 debut with the Mariners. He worked 1.1 innings of Seattle's 10-7 loss to Detroit Wednesday, before he was sent back to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday to make room for Thursday's starter, pitching phenom Felix Hernandez.
On Wednesday, the Seattle Mariners placed righthander Jorge Campillo on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Nageotte from Triple-A Tacoma. A 24-year-old righthander with a terrific slider, Nageotte has moved to the bullpen this season, after spending April, May and June on the sidelines for elbow and back woes. He has been a dominant reliever since joining the Tacoma pen at the end of June, posting a 0.83 ERA and two saves in his first 12 appearances.
The Seattle Mariners placed Campillo on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow strain on Wednesday, the day after he left his first major league start with a tender throwing elbow. The 26-year-old righthander had to leave after working a scoreless first inning against Detroit.
It took more than a decade, but it was worth the wait. On Tuesday night, after Seattle starter Jorge Campillo left following the first inning with an elbow ailment, Harris made his major league debut by tossing five scoreless innings of relief. The 31-year-old righthander held the Detroit Tigers to three hits without a walk, and Seattle pulled out a 4-1 victory.
With Jeff Nelson on the bereavement list and Ryan Franklin suspended for performance-enhancing drugs, the Seattle Mariners have recalled Kida from Triple-A Tacoma. The 36-year-old righthander has worked out of the bullpen at Tacoma, going 3-5 with 17 saves and a 3.48 ERA in 42 games this season.
With Ryan Franklin suspended and Jeff Nelson placed on the bereavement list following a death in the family, Harris has earned his first callup to the big leagues from the Seattle Mariners. The 31-year-old righthander is 10-2 with a 2.62 ERA and a save in 10 starts and 16 relief appearances between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tacoma.
As part of the roster shuffling following the weekend's trades, the Seattle Mariners recalled Strong from Triple-A Tacoma. The righthanded-hitting outfielder, who turns 27 on Friday, was batting .293 with a .370 on-base percentage in 86 games for Tacoma.
On Monday, the Seattle Mariners released veteran Aaron Sele and recalled Campillo from Triple-A Tacoma to replace him in the M's rotation. At Tacoma, the 26-year-old righthander was 4-1 with a 2.71 ERA in 12 starts. Campillo is scheduled to start for Seattle on Tuesday in Detroit.
The Cubs may have found themselves a leadoff hitter, trading recently acquired outfielder Jody Gerut to Pittsburgh for Lawton just before the July 31 trade deadline passed. Lawton batted .273 with a .380 on-base percentage in 101 games for the Pirates before Sunday's trade.
Ichiro belted a pair of home runs in the Mariners' 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians Saturday, breaking Paul Waner's 75-year-old record for most hits in his first five major league seasons. He now has 1,059 career hits with 49 games still left on the schedule.
Snelling may become Seattle's starting left fielder at the end of the upcoming week, when he is eligible to be recalled from the minors. The 23-year-old prospect was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday, and he must stay there for 10 days before he can be recalled again. Snelling has gone 2-for-9 (.222) with three walks in nine games with the Mariners. At Tacoma, he is a .377 hitter with eight homers, 49 runs scored and 46 RBI in just 62 games.
Reed suffered a mild concussion Friday night, crashing into the center-field wall in pursuit of a Grady Sizemore drive at Safeco Field. Reed stayed in the game for another inning, but he departed in the fifth and didn't play on Saturday. Reportedly he's written into the Seattle lineup for the Mariners' Sunday afternoon finale against Cleveland.
Washburn will miss his scheduled start Sunday against the New York Yankees because of forearm tendinitis. Chris Bootcheck will be recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to make the start for the Angels in Washburn's place.
Following a three-run homer he allowed to Cleveland's Victor Martinez, Meche left his Thursday start with a stiff right shoulder after three innings, matching his shortest outing of the 2005 campaign. The Seattle righthander said he began experiencing the discomfort during his pregame warmup. He described it as feeling pressure in the shoulder, rather than pain.
On Saturday, the San Francisco Giants dealt Foppert and catcher Yorvit Torrealba to the Seattle Mariners for veteran outfielder Randy Winn. Foppert posted a 5.23 ERA without a decision in two starts and a relief appearance for the Giants in June. Pitching for Triple-A Fresno, the 25-year-old righthander was 3-1 with a 4.50 ERA in nine starts and a relief appearance.
It's barely been more than three weeks since Lopez was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to replace Bret Boone at second base for Seattle. In 59 at-bats since then, Lopez has batted .220 and slugged .288. On Thursday, the Mariners optioned the promising 21-year-old infielder back to Tacoma.
On Thursday, the Seattle Mariners optioned infield prospect Jose Lopez to Triple-A Tacoma and recalled Betancourt from the same affiliate. The 23-year-old Betancourt, who fled Cuba less than two years ago, started Thursday night at second base and batted eighth in the Mariners' lineup. He debuted with a hustling, sliding triple in his first at-bat, drilling the very first pitch he saw deep into the left-center field gap.
Soriano, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow last August, had his rehab program stall this week when he reported shoulder soreness in a bullpen session Wednesday.
Hansen was activated from the disabled list Tuesday, with rookie Chris Snelling being sent down to Triple-A Tacoma.
Lawton had a productive night at the top of the Pirates' lineup in Tuesday's win over the Florida Marlins, reaching base in all five of his plate appearances. The outfielder went 4-for-4 with a double, RBI and walk, improving his season batting average to .278. He also was active on the basepaths, notching three steals.
The Seattle Mariners optioned Snelling to Triple-A Tacoma and activated Dave Hansen from the disabled list on Tuesday.
Foppert has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the San Francisco Giants and optioned to Triple-A Fresno. The 25-year-old righthander missed a month, due to a strained neck. In three appearances with the Giants this season, including two starts, he's posted a 5.23 ERA.
Excuse me. Check that. The Seattle Mariners have decided to hold off on activating Hansen from the disabled list and sending Chris Snelling back to Triple-A Tacoma. The move had been announced on Sunday, but it hadn't been turned in to the league office when the Mariners changed their minds. Hansen remains on the DL, though his left elbow reportedly is healthy.
It was announced on Sunday that the Seattle Mariners had activated Dave Hansen from the disabled list and optioned Snelling to Triple-A Tacoma. While the move was announced, it hadn't been turned in to the league office when the Mariners changed their minds. Snelling remains on the Seattle roster and Hansen still is on the DL. Snelling is 1-for-6 with a double and two walks in five games for Seattle.
After a two-week stay for tendinitis in his left elbow, Hansen came off the disabled list Sunday. The Seattle Mariners activated the pinch-hitter and optioned prospect Chris Snelling to Triple-A Tacoma to make room for Hansen's return. Hansen is 6-for-31 (.194) with seven RBI this season.
On Sunday, the Seattle Mariners activated pinch-hitter Dave Hansen from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Snelling back to Triple-A Tacoma. A talented but injury-prone prospect, Snelling spent two weeks with the Mariners and went 0-for-5 with two walks during his stay.
Foppert, who is on the disabled list with a strained neck, is scheduled to pitch one inning in relief at Class-A San Jose on Sunday.
Foppert, currently on the 15-day disabled list with a strained neck, continues to recover, and the Giants are hopeful that he will be ready to return to the rotation within the next week or two. The righthander, who missed most of last season after undergoing elbow surgery, has appeared in just three games with San Francisco in 2005 -- including two starts -- posting a 5.23 ERA.
Ichiro saw a boost to his power numbers in June, belting three home runs and recording 11 RBI in 26 games. However, the Mariners' outfielder posted a batting average of just .243 and on-base percentage of .261. He's turned things around in July, batting .450 with a .500 on-base percentage in the first 10 games of the month.
Woods has been optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake by the Los Angeles Angels. In 27 relief appearances with the major league club this season, the 23-year-old lefthander is 1-1 with a 3.90 ERA. He's struck out 20, walked eight and surrendered six home runs in 27.2 innings of work.
Pineiro went the distance in a 10-2 victory over the Angels Thursday night, limiting them to six hits for his first win since April 26. He is now 3-4 for the year, with a 5.44 ERA in 15 starts.
The Seattle Mariners placed Hansen on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. The pinch-hitting specialist is out with tendinitis in his left elbow. Hansen is 6-for-31 (.194) with seven RBI this season. The Mariners recalled outfield prospect Chris Snelling to take Hansen's roster spot.
On Sunday, the Seattle Mariners placed pinch-hitter Dave Hansen on the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis and recalled Snelling from Triple-A Tacoma. The 23-year-old outfield prospect was batting .363 with seven home runs and 40 RBI for Tacoma.
The Seattle Mariners recalled Lopez Sunday to take over as the club's new second baseman, after veteran Bret Boone was designated for assignment. The 21-year-old Lopez doubled and scored the game-tying run in Seattle's 2-1 victory over Texas in his first game as the starter at second. In eight games with the Mariners this season, Lopez is 6-for-23 (.261) with three doubles and four RBI.
To make room for the return of veteran catcher Miguel Olivo, the Seattle Mariners optioned Rivera back to Double-A San Antonio. The 21-year-old rookie batted .364 (12-for-33) with three doubles, a homer and five RBI in 10 games with the Mariners. Rivera also struck out nine times.
Sexson was suspended for two games on Friday for an incident that occurred during last Saturday's game with the Mets. Sexson dug his own grave when he threw a bucket of balls out of the dugout following what he felt was a bad call by the home plate umpire. Sexson will begin serving his suspension on Friday night when the Mariners play the Padres.
Lopez' tenure as a starter for Seattle ended Wednesday, when Bret Boone returned to the Mariners' lineup following some time off to work on his plate mechanics. Lopez started five straight games after his June 17 recall, going 5-for-19 (.263) with a pair of doubles and four RBI.
After recording just two hits in his previous 24 at-bats, Lawton got back on track in Tuesday's victory over the Washington Nationals. The Pirates' outfielder went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer, two-run double and finished with five RBI, tying a season high.
Soriano, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow last August, is expected to pitch one more simulated game before going out on a minor league rehab assignment. The Seattle reliever has been clocked in the low 90s during his pitching sessions, though he still experiences some discomfort in his rebuilt elbow.
Lopez has played second base for Seattle the last three games, replacing veteran Bret Boone, who has been spending time with Mariners hitting Don Baylor to work through some mechanical issues at the plate. When the adjustments have been made and the Seattle homestand ends on Thursday, Boone will rejoin the Mariners' lineup, says Seattle manager Mike Hargove. Lopez won't keep the starting job, no matter how well he performs.
With three hits and two RBI in Seattle's 11-4 win over the New York Mets Sunday, Ibanez has hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games. In that 19-game stretch, the Mariners' designated hitter is batting .382 (29-for-76) with 12 runs scored and 13 RBI.
After resting a left hamstring tweak, Beltre played for the first time in a week on Sunday, going 2-for-4 and scoring two runs in Seattle's 11-4 romp over the New York Mets. He upped his average to .248 on the season, with five home runs and 30 RBI in 61 games.
After missing games due to a mild strain of his left hamstring, Beltre is reported to be back in the Mariners' lineup on Sunday.
Lopez was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday. He is expected to play third base until Adrian Beltre returns from his hamstring injury, but the surprise is that once Beltre returns, Lopez would likely see most of his playing time at second base -- not shortstop.
Out with a mild strain of his left hamstring, Beltre could return to the Seattle lineup as soon as Saturday or Sunday. The Mariners' third baseman took throws at first base during pregame infield work Thursday, but he has yet to take grounders and won't try to run until Friday. He also hit the ball well during a Thursday batting practice session.
Morse, Seattle's rookie shortstop, could make Mariners fans forget about injured veteran Pokey Reese. The 23-year-old rookie enjoyed back-to-back three-hit games against Philadelphia on Wednesday and Thursday, which included his first major league home run in Wednesday's 5-1 Mariners victory. In 14 games since his recall, Morse is 18-for-43 (.419) with five runs scored, four RBI, four walks and a .480 on-base percentage.
Beltre may be out a few more days after straining his left hamstring on Sunday, but the Mariners' third baseman isn't expected to go on the disabled list. He is batting .244 with five homers and 30 RBI in 60 games for the Mariners.
Ichiro singled in the first inning Tuesday night to record the 1,000th hit of his major league career. The Mariners' right fielder reached the plateau in his 696th game with Seattle. The milestone came in the midst of a 7-for-43 skid (.163), and Ichiro is batting .295 for the season.
The Seattle Mariners should know a lot more about Beltre's injured left hamstring on Tuesday. The Mariners' third baseman has been out since straining the hammy on Sunday, and the team is awaiting word from an examination by Dr. Larry Pedegana. The Mariners fear a trip to the disabled list is in Beltre's immediate future.
Beltre was held out of the Mariners lineup on Tuesday due to his injured left hamstring. Beltre strained the muscle on Sunday in the team's loss to the Nationals. Although the team is not talking about putting Beltre on the disabled list, they are being cautious with him, and will keep him out until the slugger says he's ready to play again.
Beltre left Seattle's loss to Washington Sunday after legging out a double in the third inning. He strained his left hamstring, the same hammy that cost him three games earlier in the season. Seattle manager Mike Hargrove expects his third baseman will be out at least a few games for this injury, which appears to be a bit more serious than his previous strain.
The San Francisco Giants have recalled Foppert, who will start against the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome on Tuesday night. The 24-year-old righthander debuted with the Giants during a promising 2003 campaign, but he missed nearly all of 2004 following elbow surgery. In nine games with Triple-A Fresno this year and one with high Class-A San Jose, Foppert was 4-1 with a 3.78 ERA.
Lawton went a perfect 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, one RBI and his second home run in as many days in Monday's loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Over his last three games, the Pirates' outfielder is 8-for-9 (.889) with a pair of homers, two doubles, four walks and three runs scored.
Ibanez will have to move to the outfield to get at-bats this week, as Seattle will play interleague series in Florida and Washington. The Mariners' DH should get some time in left field. Ibanez is hitting .303 with seven homers and 28 RBI this season.
With Cleveland playing interleague series in San Diego and San Francisco this week, the DH slot is not an option. That means Broussard and Travis Hafner will be sharing first base for both series. Both may play less than they usually do.
With Seattle playing interleague games in Florida and Washington this week, the DH option will not be available. It's likely that Raul Ibanez will move to left field for at least some of the games, so Randy Winn would move to center and share playing time with Reed.
Morse picked up his first major league hit on Friday, going 1-for-3 in Seattle's loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Morse, a 23-year-old shortstop prospect acquired from the Chicago White Sox last June, has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to assume the starting role in Seattle. The righthanded-hitting Morse was batting .253 with four home runs and 23 RBI in 49 games in the Pacific Coast League this season.
Rivera has been recalled by Seattle for a second time this month to be the Mariners' backup catcher. But Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said the 21-year-old Rivera, who was hitting .292 with two homers and 11 RBI for Double-A San Antonio, would make his first major league start Tuesday night against Toronto.
The Florida Marlins purchased Bazardo's contract from Double-A Carolina in time for Thursday's meeting with the New York Mets. The 20-year-old righthander made his major league debut in the contest and looked a bit nervous, allowing four earned runs on five hits in 1.2 innings. He struck out two and walked a pair. Shortly after the game, Bazardo was optioned back to the minor league club to open a spot on the roster for Guillermo Mota.
The Florida Marlins have purchased Bazardo's contract from Double-A Carolina, replacing the struggling Logan Kensing on the roster. In eight starts with the minor league club this season, Bazardo is 4-2 with a 3.58 ERA.
After getting roughed up in his two previous starts -- leading to a 10-day minor league stint spent with Mariners pitching coach Bryan Price to work on his mechanics -- Pineiro returned on Tuesday and worked 5.1 innings against the Orioles in Baltimore. He allowed five hits and just one run, but he walked four while striking out three.
The Mariners optioned Campillo to Triple-A Tacoma, less than a week after his first recall to the majors. The 26-year-old righthander worked one scoreless inning in his major league debut, allowing a walk and striking out one against San Diego on Friday.
Beltre left after five innings of Seattle's Tuesday night loss to the New York Yankees because of tightness in his left hamstring. The Mariners' third baseman limped to first base while running out a groundball in the fourth, then struggled to field a dribbler in the fifth by Gary Sheffield. At that point, Seattle manager Mike Hargrove decided to give Beltre the rest of the night off, and he may sit his third baseman on Wednesday, too.
Reportedly Beltre was upset about being pulled from the game. He said he frequently tweaks his hamstring, knows how to play through it and has done it every year in recent seasons. He wants to be in the lineup on Wednesday. Beltre has been hitting better over the last 10 days, which also may explain his reluctance to sit down. He's hitting .237 for the season, with four homers and 23 RBI in 39 games.
Mateo has been chosen to start for Seattle on Tuesday night, taking the place of demoted righthander Joel Pineiro, who was sent to Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday. Mateo has been impressive in the Mariners' bullpen this season, working 11 games and allowing just 12 hits and two free passes in 22 innings. The 27-year-old righthander has allowed just one run, good for a team-leading 0.41 ERA.
Pineiro has been demoted to work out some mechanical issues with Seattle pitching coach Bryan Price. He should be back soon, but either Mateo or Jorge Campillo is likely to get a start or two beyond Tuesday. Campillo will be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday.
In a move to cover for a thin bullpen, Sherrill was recalled on Monday and worked one-third of an inning in Seattle's loss to New York on Monday night. After the game, Sherrill was returned to Triple-A Tacoma and righthander Jorge Campillo was recalled.
The move was necessary after Jamie Moyer, Joel Pineiro and Aaron Sele had a series of poor starts and the bullpen started to wilt under the heavy workload. The bullpen also is losing Julio Mateo, who is scheduled to start Tuesday night in place of demoted righthander Joel Pineiro.
With Julio Mateo leaving the Seattle bullpen to start against the New York Yankees on Tuesday, Campillo will be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma Tuesday to fill the opening in the pen. Campillo has been a starter at Tacoma, making seven starts and going 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA. He has fanned 29 and walked seven in 38.1 innings.
Mateo is starting for Pineiro, who was demoted to Tacoma briefly to work out some mechanical bugs in his game. Pineiro won't be there much longer than a week, but either Mateo or Campillo could get a start or two beyond Tuesday's as a fill-in for Pineiro.
With catcher Wiki Gonzalez going on the disabled list for a hamstring injury, the Seattle Mariners recalled Rivera from Double-A San Antonio. He was batting .273 (27-for-99) with six doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in 26 games for San Antonio.
Rivera will assume backup duties behind starting catcher Miguel Olivo.
The Mariners have optioned pitcher Joel Pineiro to Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday. On Friday night, the righthander gave up six runs and eight hits in 3.2 innings against Boston. Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said that Pineiro would spend 10 days working on his mechanics before he is brought back on May 24 to pitch against Baltimore.
Although it's not permanent, fantasy owners should get Pineiro out of their lineups for next week, and keep a close eye on him even when he returns in late May. In six starts this season, the six-year veteran is 2-3 with a 6.52 ERA. Relief pitcher Julio Mateo will take Pineiro's spot in the rotation for the time being.
The Mariners have optioned pitcher Joel Pineiro to Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday. On Friday night, the righthander gave up six runs and eight hits in 3.2 innings against Boston. Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said that Pineiro would spend 10 days working on his mechanics with Seattle pitching coach Bryan Price instead of actually pitching for Tacoma. He would be brought back on May 24 to pitch against Baltimore.
Although it's not permanent, fantasy owners should get Pineiro out of their lineups for next week, and keep a close eye on him even when he returns in late May. In six starts this season, the six-year veteran is 2-3 with a 6.52 ERA. Relief pitcher Julio Mateo will take Pineiro's spot in the rotation for the time being.
Moyer's poor 2004 seemed to be a distant memory when the 42-year-old lefthander strung together three quality starts en route to being the American League's first four-game winner on April 24. In three starts since then, the Seattle veteran hasn't lasted four innings or allowed fewer than five runs against Oakland, Boston and New York.
Moyer's ERA has jumped from 2.53 to 5.53 over those three starts, and perhaps any improvement over his 2004 performance will be marginal, if he improves at all. That's a more reasonable expectation than looking for a complete turnaround from a 42-year-old athlete.
Lawton went 3-for-5 with a double and the fourth grand slam of his major league career in Sunday's victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Pirates' outfielder also walked, notched two stolen bases and scored three runs. Over his last six games, Lawton is 10-for-27 (.370) with two homers, two doubles, seven RBI and three stolen bases.
Lawton has been a perfect addition to the top of the Pirates' batting order this season, posting a .399 on-base percentage in 30 games. For the year, he is batting .299 with three home runs, 14 RBI and six stolen bases.
Sexson hit a long fly at wind-blown Fenway Park on Sunday, and the ball drifted into the right-field seats for the seventh grand slam of the Seattle first baseman's career. The slam, which was Sexson's eighth homer of the season, gave the Mariners a 6-4 win in the second game of a day-night doubleheader with Boston.
In 27 games this season, the power-hitting first baseman is batting .224 with 20 runs scored and 26 RBI.
The Seattle Mariners have scheduled Dr. Larry Pedegana to perform knee surgery on Wilson. The Mariners' catcher will undergo repair to the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on May 20. Wilson will face 6-8 months of rehabilitation following the procedure.
Already on the 60-day disabled list, Wilson is done for the year. The remaining question is whether his career is over. The 36-year-old catcher has plenty of time to address that issue.
While running the bases during the seventh inning of Seattle's Wednesday night loss to the Angels, Wilson tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The Mariners' catcher may be done for the year and was placed on the 60-day disabled list. Catcher Wiki Gonzalez was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to replace the 36-year-old Wilson.
In light of Wilson's age, there is talk that his career may be at risk because of this injury. Look for updates as to how Wilson and the M's will proceed.
Among the best pinch-hitters of the last decade, Hansen was recalled by the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. The 36-year-old veteran, cut by the Cubs near the end of spring training, had signed a minor league deal with the Mariners a week ago. He batted .300 with three RBI in six games at Triple-A Tacoma before getting recalled.
Hansen ranks fifth all-time in career pinch-hits (137) and seventh in pinch-hit home runs (15). He played in 57 games for Seattle last year, hitting .282 with two home runs and 12 RBI. Traded to San Diego at the trade deadline, he was 4-for-28 (.143) without driving in a run for the Padres.
Hansen, who was released by the Chicago Cubs late in spring training, signed a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners on Thursday. The pinch-hitter/corner infielder plans to join the M's Triple-A Tacoma affiliate in Salt Lake before the weekend.
In 106 at-bats last season, Hansen batted .245 with two homers and 12 RBI for Seattle and San Diego.
After a rough year in 2004, Moyer is the first American League pitcher to garner four wins in 2005. The Mariners' lefthander bumped his record to 4-0 Sunday by limiting Cleveland to a run on six hits over eight innings. He has posted quality starts in his last three outings, and has three wins to show for them. For the year, Moyer has a 2.53 ERA and a .250 opponent batting average.
Last season, Moyer was 7-13 with a 5.21 ERA and .272 OBA.
Perez homered twice off Randy Johnson as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays snapped their 11-game road losing streak against the New York Yankees with a decisive 6-2 victory. The 35-year-old veteran connected on his first longballs of 2005, and the Rays' bench player is hitting .278 in 18 at-bats on the season.
Sexson returned to the Seattle lineup against the Angels on Monday, after missing three games because of a nasty flu bug. He served as the Mariners' designated hitter -- in an effort to conserve his energy as he regains his health and strength. He went 1-for-4 on the night. Sexson is hitting .263 on the season, with three homers and 12 RBI in 10 games.
There was more good news on Monday, as Meche not only threw 99 pain-free pitches in a solid outing against the White Sox Sunday. The 26-year-old righthander, bothered by pain and stiffness near his throwing elbow, also experienced no pain the day after his successful outing. The Seattle pitcher worked a quality start and earned the win in a 5-4 decision over Chicago.
Sexson missed all three games of Seattle's weekend series with the Chicago White Sox because of the flu, and the big first baseman is questionable for Monday night. The Mariners have flown to southern California, where they open a new series with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Monday.
Sexson had improved enough to go to the ballpark on Sunday, but he was wearing a surgical mask to reduce the chances of spreading the nasty flu bug that had bitten him. He might be a better bet to return on Tuesday.
Six days of rest seemed to work wonders for Meche, who got some extra down time because of inflammation near his throwing elbow. On Sunday, Meche kept the Mariners from being swept by the White Sox, working 6.2 innings, allowing five hits, three runs and a pair of walks while fanning four. He earned the "W" in a 5-4 victory, giving Meche his first decision of 2005. After three starts, the righthander is 1-0 with a 6.14 ERA.
Ichiro continues to pile up the hits. The Seattle right fielder has been held hitless just once this season, and he has nine multihit performances in 12 games. On Sunday, he collected his first homer of 2005, a first-inning leadoff shot in the Mariners' 5-4 win over the White Sox. For the season, Ichiro is 21-for-47 (.447), and he trails only an equally red-hot Brian Roberts (.449) in the American League batting race.
Sexson will be a game time decision for the Mariner's game on Saturday against the White Sox. The first baseman sat out Friday night's game due to a bout with the flu, and may miss game two of the series for the same reason. Manager Mike Hargrove could potentially insert Sexson as the designated hitter, however, if Sexson isn't close to 100 percent, expect Scott Spiezio to get the nod.
Sexson missed his second straight game with the flu when he sat out Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox. Scott Spiezio started at first base for the Mariners in Sexson's place.
Everett banged into the left-field wall while trying to track down a flyball hit by Cleveland's Ben Broussard in the first inning of Thursday's matchup with the Indians. The White Sox' outfielder, who was removed from the game after a quick evaluation, has been diagnosed with a bruised left shoulder blade. He was replaced by Timo Perez and has been listed as day-to-day.
According to manager Ozzie Guillen, the injury is not serious and Everett may be ready to play on Friday. He would be back in the designated hitter slot if he's in the lineup. Everett has been serving as the White Sox' DH this season and was making his first start in the outfield for 2005. He is batting .367 with one home run and nine RBI in nine games.
According to Mariners manager Mike Hargrove, the back stiffness that forced Beltre to leave Thursday's game against the Kansas City Royals is minor, and the third baseman should be back in the lineup for Friday's meeting with the Chicago White Sox. Beltre left in the fourth inning and was replaced at the hot corner by Scott Spiezio.
It sounds like Beltre should be good to go on Friday, but he could get an extra day off as a precaution, especially if he feels any discomfort during batting practice. In nine games this season, he is batting .265 with one home run and eight RBI.
As anticipated, Pineiro has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Seattle Mariners. The righthander, who was limited in spring training by stiffness in his pitching shoulder, is scheduled to make his season debut in Friday's matchup with the Chicago White Sox. Infielder Justin Leone was optioned to Tacoma to open a spot on the 25-man roster.
Pineiro made his last minor league rehab outing at Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday, allowing one earned run on five hits with six strikeouts and a walk in seven innings. Last year, he was 6-11 with a 4.67 ERA and one complete game in 21 starts, but missed some time with elbow issues.
Beltre left Seattle's afternoon contest against Kansas City with stiffness in his lower back. Scott Spiezio pinch-hit for Beltre during the Mariners' six-run fourth inning, and he replaced him in the field when the rally was over.
No word yet on the seriousness of the injury. Seattle has plenty of third-base options on the roster, including Spiezio, Justin Leone and Greg Dobbs.
Ichiro went 0-for-4 against the Royals Wednesday, stalling his hitting streak at 20 games. He last went hitless in a game on September 19 against Oakland. During his 20-game run, which included the first seven games of 2005, Ichiro batted .448 (39-for-87) with five steals and 17 runs scored. So far this season, Seattle's right fielder is a .406 hitter (13-for-32) with seven runs scored in eight games.
The Seattle Mariners believe Meche is battling some muscular inflammation near his elbow, and nothing more. The 26-year-old righthander experienced discomfort and stiffness near the elbow during his outing against Texas Saturday, and after the game he said it was an issue during spring training and last season, as well. X-rays found no bone spurs or chips. The Mariners believe the ailment is minor.
The current plan is to give Meche an extra day or rest between starts in the early going of the new season. It will be interesting to see if that's a valid solution. Meche says that the stiffness builds as his pitch count rises. Then his velocity drops off several MPH from its normal mid-90s range. Keep an eye on this one.
Ichiro now has hit safely in all seven games for Seattle, giving him a 20-game hitting streak that dates back to 2004. He's had a pair of hits in six of seven contests this season, and the Mariners' right fielder is batting .464 (13-for-28) to lead the American League.
Perhaps Ichiro has George Sisler in his sites again. The longest hitting streak to start a season belongs to Sisler, though Ichiro is far off from his 34-game run to open the 1925 season.
During his Saturday start and after his fifth-inning departure, Meche said he had been bothered by elbow tendinitis in Arizona last month as well as during his outing against the Texas Rangers. Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said his 26-year-old righthander was bothered by stiffness during the contest and that his velocity was down. Pitching coach Bryan Price believes Meche might be letting the inflammation affect him mentally as well as physically, influencing his velocity.
This is discouraging news about Meche, who has terrific stuff and seemed poised for a possible 2005 breakout after a solid finish to the 2004 campaign. From August 1 on last summer, Meche was 6-2 with a 3.79 in 12 starts after a rough first half.
On Sunday, Pineiro made an impressive Triple-A start for Tacoma, allowing one earned run on five hits with six strikeouts and a walk in seven innings. The Seattle righthander threw 93 pitches in his pain-free start.
With his shoulder ailment behind him, Pineiro is on track to make his 2005 Mariners debut on Saturday in Chicago against the White Sox.
Ichiro has hit safely in all six games of the young season. Seattle's right fielder recorded a pair of hits in each of the first five contests before being held to a mere 1-for-4 in Sunday's 7-6 Mariners loss to Texas.
Ichiro closed the 2004 season with a 13-game hitting streak, so his run has been extended to 19 games. He's 11-for-23 (.478) on the new season, with seven runs scored and three stolen bases. He also has three walks and a .538 on-base percentage so far in 2005.
After a disappointing 2004 campaign marred by a nagging rib injury, Washburn got his 2005 season off to a good start in Wednesday's matchup with the Texas Rangers. The Angels lefthander held the Rangers' potent offense in check, scattering seven hits over six innings, striking out five and walking none.
Washburn fininshed last season 11-8 with a 4.64 ERA and one complete game in 25 starts. The Angels hope Wednesday's performance is a sign that he will return to his 2002 form, when he posted a 18-6 record and career-best 3.15 ERA.
After missing the bulk of the 2004 campaign with a shoulder injury, Sexson could not have asked for a better start to the 2005 season. Making his debut with the Seattle Mariners, the first baseman went 2-for-3 with two home runs and five RBI in Monday's Opening Day victory over the Minnesota Twins.
As long as he can stay healthy, Sexson should be able to bounce back from last year's disappointing season. From 2001-2003 with the Milwaukee Brewers, Sexson was a two-time All-Star, slugging 119 home runs with 351 RBI and a .274 batting average. Limited to 90 at-bats last year, he hit .233 with nine homers and 23 RBI for Arizona.
Lopez is scheduled to undergo surgery later this week to repair a broken hamate bone in his left hand. One of the Mariners' top prospects, the 21-year-old shortstop is expected to be sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks as he recovers from the procedure.
Lopez was hoping to land a job on the Mariners' Opening Day roster after hitting .333 with eight RBI in 18 exhibition games this spring, but obviously, his injury was a setback. He currently is with Triple-A Tacoma, but should see some time with the big league club later this season.