Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
June 13, 2008 11:56 AM
Posted by Geoff Baker
The Mariners just placed J.J. Putz on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to two days ago. That means he'll be out until 13 days from now at a minimum. Roy Corcoran has been recalled from Class AAA Tacoma and will be in uniform tonight.
No, they weren't going to use this move to call up Jeff Clement. The team is still worried about wins and losses for this year. At least, avoiding 100 losses. This move is meant to solidify a bullpen that's down one late-inning reliever, since it's still not clear how long Miguel Batista will be in the bullpen, or whether R.A. Dickey stays in the rotation beyond this one start tonight.
As I wrote on the blog this week, and in the paper today, the Jeff Pentland firing bought this team some time until the next "sacrifice'' will have to be made in the name of appeasing irate fans about a season gone bad. I think the next jettisoning of someone will be a player, rather than a coach, manager or GM. I think that when that move happens is when you'll see Clement. Could be next week, or next month. Depends on how long it takes the next losing streak to come about.
If you're bored, here's our latest video, taken in Toronto. You'll see a brief taxi ride through the streets downtown, where you'll see a Toronto streetcar pass by. They still use them all over the downtown. We'll also show you the CN Tower, which, at more than 1,500 feet high, is still the world's largest freestanding structure. Not a building. A freestanding structure. It's a communications tower. There is a restaurant up near the top, as well as observation areas for tourists. The tour of the Rogers Centre (formerly the SkyDome) itself will be a little shorter. It was a great place in 1989 when it opened, but was outdated in a couple of years. Not too many interesting features beyond the retractable roof and the hotel in behind the outfield fence (famous for strippers and other people performing lewd acts in front of millions over the years). After that, I'll head downstairs post-game to the television studios where they do the Off The Record show and you'll see footage of John Rocker and others, with myself and the host, backstage before that show we taped the other day. Then, you'll see the intro to the show as it's being filmed. Enjoy.