ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jason Bay says his tight hamstring is feeling much better and should allow him to get back into a game this weekend.
Bay missed his fourth straight game on Thursday in order to rest the hamstring, but planned to test it out by running on Friday. If all goes well, he added, he should be ready to play again by Saturday.
As for any pinch-hit duty in the interim, Bay said that’s probably not a great idea.
“If I could guarantee you I could swing and then take it easy, I would,’’ he said with a chuckle.
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Bay first started feeling something wrong with the hamstring during a game in Oakland on Sunday. By the following day here, it had tightened up on him considerably.
The loss of Bay has meant extra duty for Endy Chavez as both a right fielder and leadoff man. He’d put together an eight-game hitting streak that was finally snapped Thursday when he went 0 for 4.
• That 1-0 loss to the Angels on a wild pitch Wednesday marked only the second time in Mariners’ history that’s happened. Seattle also lost 1-0 in such fashion on June 8, 1983 when Larry Parrish scored on a Matt Young wild-pitch in the seventh inning.
Mariners starter Joe Saunders, who uncorked the wild-pitch and took Wednesday’s loss, was actually the winning pitcher the last time such a 1-0 game happened in the majors. Saunders went eight innings and got the win in Minnesota on April 2, 2008 when Howie Kendrick scored on a wild-pitch by Nick Blackburn.
• The Mariners on Thursday placed catcher Kelly Shoppach on waivers for the purpose of granting him his unconditional release. Shoppach, 33, was designated for assignment on June 14 to free up a roster spot for catcher Henry Blanco.
Shoppach hit .196 in 36 games this season.
Geoff Baker: 206-464-8286 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @gbakermariners.