NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with some M’s roster news this week. Shawn Kelley has been moved back to the big league bullpen from Tacoma. To make room for Kelley, fellow reliever Erasmo Ramirez was sent down to Tacoma in a move that skipper Eric Wedge says is to condition him for a possible emergency starter role with the big league club.
Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us the Weekly Seattle Mariners notebook. The Mariners had a fairly poor last week but if they can take something positive from their 6 losses in 7 games, it’s that they were all close. Also on the up and up, Kyle Seager is hitting .297, promising for a team that needs its bats to get going. Miguel Olivo was placed on the 15 day disabled list. Chone Figgins must be wondering whats up.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the first M’s game of the series versus the Cleveland Indians. The Mariners started off hot behind Ichiro Suzuki and Justin Smoak’s strong middle of the order performance. It all unraveled in the 5th, though as the Indians scored 7 to tie the game at 8 and eventually went on to score 1 more for the win.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners baseball blogger Danny Ferguson tells us to go from 30 down to 28, Carlos Peguero and Chance Ruffin were optioned to Tacoma, and Guillermo Quiroz was re-assigned to minor league camp. To get down to 25, the team deactivated Kevin Millwood, Hector Noesi, and Hisashi Iwakuma for the two games in Japan. The M’s front office and Eric Wedge could still change their minds before next week.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson points out the team will be leaving the Peoria complex on Thursday the 22nd with 30 players. We note its a pitching youth movement going on. This week the M’s released Hong-Chih Kuo, Shawn Camp, and Cesar Jimenez. Making the Mariners starting five Jason Vargas, Felix Hernandez, Hector Noesi, Kevin Milwood, and Blake Beavan.