Hisashi Iwakuma (3-4, 4.33) starts opposite James Shields (2-6, 3.06) in Mariners' final game of the homestand.
Mariners shortstop Ketel Marte, on track to return from the disabled list when eligible Monday, is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment Tuesday night in Class AAA when the Tacoma Rainiers begin a four-game series against Salt Lake at Cheney Stadium.
The plan is for Marte to DH on Tuesday and then get some defensive work later this week, Mariners manager Scott Servais said. The Rainiers travel to play at Las Vegas to start a series Saturday, and Marte is scheduled to travel for the first game there before rejoining the Mariners for the start of the next homestand Monday.
“He’s going to travel with (the Rainiers) for a game, just because I don’t want to give him two days off before we open (the next homestand),” Servais said. “Fingers crossed, he becomes active when we get off the trip on Monday.”
Marte was placed on the 15-day DL May 22 with a sprained left thumb. He’s hitting .276 with a .685 OPS in 163 plate appearances for the Mariners this season.
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Reliever Tony Zych, on the DL since May 3 with rotator cuff tendinitis, is making progress and throw a bullpen session next week.
“Definitely moving in the right direction,” Servais said.
The Mariners promise to be the most colorfully dressed club after Tuesday’s game. At Servias’ request, players were asked to dress up in something that represented where they are from.
“We’ve got guys from six different countries and (the team is) very diverse, so let’s have a little fun with it,” Servais said. “The wardrobe or the dress policy is you have to wear a jacket, but some accessory has to say something about where you’re from or where you grew up.”
Adam Lind, an Indiana native, entered the Safeco Field clubhouse wearing a red blazer and the red-and-white striped warmup pants that are a staple of the Indiana Hoosiers basketball team.
A noted Green Bay Packers fan, Servais will undoubtedly have the cheesiest outfit. Yep, he’s wearing a cheesehead hat, along with a green blazer, a yellow dress shirt and a tie featuring Vince Lombardi.
The look is inspired by “a combination of Vince Lombardi, Mike Holmgren and the ’90s,” he said.
The Mariners — Robinson Cano and Lind, in particular — have had some success against James Shields, the Padres’ starter today: