Shortstop Brendan Ryan missed all three games against the Orioles, still unable to move his left arm enough to play.
BALTIMORE — When the Mariners were still in New York, manager Eric Wedge was asked if shortstop Brendan Ryan’s return to the lineup would be in Baltimore.
“It’d better be,” Wedge replied.
It wasn’t. Ryan missed all three games against the Orioles, still unable to move his left arm enough to play. Ryan was hit on the elbow by a Hiroki Kuroda pitch last Saturday against the Yankees and has missed four games.
“It’s better every day,” Ryan said. “There’s more range of motion every day. It’s just not as quickly as we thought it would be. I don’t think it means I’m a slow healer. It just goes to show if it’s 87 or 96 (mph), it depends on where you get hit. And where I got hit, this is the way the body responds.”
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Wedge and Ryan both expect him to return Friday for the opener of a series with the Angels in Anaheim. The Mariners are off on Thursday, and Ryan said he will continue his treatment.
His replacement, Munenori Kawasaki hit .417 (5 for 12) in three games and played errorless ball.
“Geez, man. I miss a couple of games, and he’s getting nine ground balls a game,” Ryan said. “It stinks. But he’s making all the plays. It’s fun to watch.”
Timeout for daddy
Wedge said with a laugh that his 4-year-old son, Cash, who is on the trip, had a question for him after Tuesday’s game.
“Why did the umpire put you in a timeout?”
Wedge was ejected arguing the call at first base that set into motion the winning rally by the Orioles in the 14th inning, as they pulled out an 8-7 win. Wedge, however, said he was able to put the play behind him, despite his irritation in its aftermath.
“I put it to bed when I go to bed,” he said. “It’s just one of those things. We have to come out tonight and win a ballgame. That’s the way I look at it. You can’t turn back the clock.”
Thames too nonchalant
Wedge was not happy with the baserunning of Eric Thames in the ninth inning Tuesday. Thames, pinch-running on second base, nonchalantly returned to the base after a fly out by Casper Wells and just barely put his foot down in time to keep from getting doubled off.
“He was a little bit lackadaisical there,” Wedge said. “It can’t be that close.”
Asked if he talked to Thames about the play, he said, “Typically, I will in that situation. Because I think he realized how close it was as much as anybody, I’ll let that speak for itself, let’s put it that way.”
More time for Jaso behind plate
Jesus Montero has been behind the plate in just three of his last 16 starts. The rest have been at designated hitter, including on Wednesday.
Asked if that’s by design, Wedge said, “I’m working to get (John) Jaso back there a little more. Just see him a little more. With Jesus this year, I have an idea where I want him to end up anyway. He’ll still catch consistently, but maybe not as frequently. We’ll still get him back there.”
Reliever Charlie Furbush (triceps strain) gave up two runs in an inning for Tacoma on Wednesday. He’ll likely have at least one more minor-league appearance this weekend before rejoining the Mariners.