The Mariners go with same lineup for the second day in a row. That doesn’t happen too often. They’ll face right-hander Jesse Hahn tonight.
J.A. Happ gets the start tonight. He was the Mariners emergency reliever last night. Before they won it in the bottom of the 11th on Logan Morrison walkoff homer, Tom Wilhelmsen was the only regular reliever unused. Happ went out to the bullpen and was going to pitch after Wilhelmsen’s one inning.
“If we’d have gotten to the 13th, he was going to be in there,” McClendon said.
With an off day on Monday, McClendon said they might consider changing up their rotation.
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“I have to sit down with my pitching coach and reassess things after today,” McClendon said. “We’ll see. We make an adjustment with the San Diego Series.
Right now, James Paxton is scheduled to pitch Tuesday against San Diego, followed by Roenis Elias on Wednesday. Not sure what move the Mariners would make with that.
More on Miller
Brad Miller is back at DH again. This obviously isn’t a permanent role. But it works with Austin Jackson on the disabled list.
“He will DH but not a lot,” McClendon said.
McClendon invoked Ben Zobrist’s name the other day. And that’s still the plan.
“When it’s all said and done, I think will have a guy that can play every position other than catch,” McClendon said. “I don’t think he’s going to have any problems fielding ground balls in the infield. He knows how to do that. I think the biggest challenge is the outfield positions and learning the idiosyncrasies that go with each position. I’m not too concerned about sticking a first base mitt on him and say, ‘field a ground ball at first base and toss it to the pitcher.’ I think he has the ability to do that.”
The biggest adjustment for Miller will be the throwing motion from infield to outfield. His throwing motion is already, well, unique. Now he needs to lengthen that motion even more and get his arm above his shoulder.
“The ability to lengthen your arm out and get the carry on the ball,” McClendon said. “Now he threw yesterday and it was ok. He still had a little tail on the ball, but that was his first time throwing from the outfield. Eventually, he’ll get to the point where he’ll get his arm long and over the top and get some carry.”
Where might McClendon play him in the outfield to start? It has been thought Miller would start in left field.
“I don’t think I’d have any problem playing in center if I had to,” McClendon said. “If you really think about it, center field probably easier than the corners because everything is right in front of you.”
Roster move sort of
The Mariners made an adjustment to a prior roster move. Reliever Tyler Olson, who had been optioned to Class AAA Tacoma on May 3, had that minor league assignment pulled back. And instead, he was placed on the disabled list with a right knee contusion, retroactive to May 3. Olson injured the knee while covering first and sliding into the bag during a three-inning relief stint against the Astros.
Olson has yet to pitch for Tacoma because of the knee so he was placed on the DL.
Lowe and behold
Mark Lowe jogged to the mound of Safeco Field last night and retired the one batter he faced. The last time he pitched at Safeco in a Mariners’ uniform was on May 2, 2010. Drafted and developed in the Mariners organization, he was traded to the Rangers as part of the Cliff Lee trade. He kicked around the minors and majors with several different organizations before signing a minor league deal with Seattle this offseason.
Lowe’s fastball touched 97 mph last night. For a moment it seemed like 2006 all over again when he was throwing 97-99 mph out of the bullpen.
“He’s a veteran,” McClendon said. “He knows what he’s doing and the fact that he throws 97 mph doesn’t hurt. I thought last night showed why he was promoted.”
Mariners’ numbers vs. Jesse Hahn
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