Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
June 23, 2008 3:56 PM
Posted by Larry Stone
UPDATE 5:43: Official diagnosis on Felix: sprained left ankle. But that doesn't tell us what everyone wants to know, which is how serious it is, and whether Felix will be out of action an extended length of time. Those answers might come after the game.
UPDATE 5:17: What a stunning turn of events in the bottom of the fifth. Felix is hurt -- Carlos Beltran slid into him while Felix was covering home on a wild pitch. He was writhing in pain, The trainers worked on him, and he threw a practice pitch, but immediately buckled in pain. He pleaded for one more try, but the Mariners would have none of it, and Felix had to be helped off the field. It appears to be his left ankle or perhaps foot (I thought knee initially, but it appears not, fortunately) Updates when I get them. Needless to say, this is a potentially devastating development.
UPDATE 4;30: As Jack Buck would say, I cannot believe what I just saw. Felix crushed the first pitch he saw from Johan Santana for a, for a, for a....grand slam. It was the first home run ever hit by a Mariners pitcher. So now we know what's been wrong with the Mariners offense: Not enough Hernandez. The key to the inning was David Wright booting an easy grounder by Willie Bloomquist that would have ended the inning. Wow.
It's hard to watch the Mariners these days, but you can get up for this one: Felix vs. Santana. I hope it's a classic pitching duel. That would be a nice distraction from watching so much bad baseball of late.
Look out if the Mariners are trying to protect a one-run lead in the ninth. Brandon Morrow arrived, but he flat-out is not going to pitch. He had an extensive workout in the afternoon to check out his back. He was fine, but he's not an option for tonight's game. Miguel Batista is going to start Wednesday's game (Dickey is going tomorrow, a slight switch from what Jim Riggleman indicated yesterday), so he's out, too. Riggleman said he'll mix and match in the ninth, which means Mark Lowe, Sean Green and Arthur Rhodes could all work. As John McLaren so eloquently put it in his tirade, "Buckle up.''
Bedard has been officially scratched from Wednesday's start, and now the disabled list is an option. Just what they need now that they're believed to be shopping Bedard to other teams.
Richie Sexson is still here, and starting at first base. Adrian Beltre is back at third base. Eddie Vedder took batting practice before the game, but Riggleman resisted the temptation to put him in the lineup. Pearl Jam is performing tomorrow at Madison Square Garden, and several Mariners plan to attend after their game. Eddie looked pretty good with the stick.
Jose Lopez 2B
Raul ibanez LF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Richie Sexson 1B
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Jeff Clement C
Willie Bloomquist CF
Felix Hernandez P
Jose Reyes SS
Luis Castillo 2B
David Wright 3B
Carlos Beltran CF
Carlos Delgado 1B
Trot Nixon LF
Ramon Castro C
Endy Chavez RF
Johan Santana P
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