Having his rookie season end three weeks early isn't the thing truly eating away at Sean Green. The 27-year-old on Friday became the fourth...
Having his rookie season end three weeks early isn’t the thing truly eating away at Sean Green.
The 27-year-old on Friday became the fourth Mariners reliever sidelined either for the season or indefinitely in recent weeks when he was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a strained right lat muscle.
It’s the nature of his injury, suffered during the eighth inning of Wednesday night’s win over Detroit, that has Green shaking his head.
He had already missed most of July recovering from some freakish back spasms that hit him in the clubhouse after he pitched in a loss to Colorado. The latest woes began on the mound at Comerica Park, when Green felt his side tighten. A few pitches later, he was done.
At first, he thought it was nothing serious. Now, he has been told to back off serious activity until October.
“It’s frustrating because my two injuries this year have been not the normal kind of injuries,” said Green, who has a 4.50 earned-run average in 24 relief outings. “I’ve never really been hurt before. I’ve gotten the usual knocks here and there, but nothing that would keep me out for a long time.”
Besides Green, the team also transferred reliever Mark Lowe to the 60-day DL — freeing up roster room to add minor-leaguers Francisco Cruceta and Ryan Feierabend as part of eight September callups announced Friday.
Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said the status of injured relief pitcher Rafael Soriano is still uncertain as he recovers from being hit in the head by a line drive.
“He’s still a ways away, to put it in a nutshell,” Hargrove said.
Putz offers support to ailing Guardado
Mariners closer J.J. Putz was in the clubhouse during Wednesday’s rain delay in Detroit when he saw a television item about Eddie Guardado needing “Tommy John” transplant surgery on a torn ligament and tendon in his left elbow.
The first thing Putz — who took over the closer role from Guardado this summer before the latter’s trade to the Reds — did was pick up the telephone to call his friend and mentor.
“He was just kind of relieved to find out what exactly was wrong with him,” Putz said Friday. “He was saying, the way Tommy John [surgery] is nowadays, he’ll probably come back stronger.”
Guardado, 35, underwent surgery Friday and isn’t expected back until well into next season.
“It kind of made sense that maybe that was the reason for a lot of the things that have happened to him,” said Putz, who chats with Guardado weekly by phone. “Hopefully, [the surgery] will be something that can bounce him back.”
• The Mariners have flopped starters for this weekend, pushing Felix Hernandez back until Sunday and moving Jarrod Washburn up a day to tonight. The move allows the team to split up left-handers Washburn and Jake Woods in the rotation. Texas has also replaced tonight’s scheduled starter, Edinson Volquez, with Robinson Tejada.
• 3B Adrian Beltre missed Friday night’s game to be with his wife, Sandra, in Los Angeles as she gave birth to a son. The couple also have a daughter, Cassandra. Hargrove said he planned to speak with Beltre today about when he will return.
• The Texas Rangers recalled RHP Frank Francisco, who pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault for throwing a chair that broke the nose of an Oakland Athletics female fan two years ago, The Associated Press reported.
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Last night’s box
|Texas||000 000 002||—||2||7||0|
|Seattle||000 030 04x||—||7||7||1|
E — Ichiro (3). LOB — Texas 4, Seattle 3. 2B — Teixeira (41), Broussard (17). HR — Sexson (29), off Bauer; Johjima (15), off Millwood. RBI — CaLee (21), Sexson 4 (94), Johjima 3 (64). GIDP — DeRosa. Runners left in scoring position — Seattle 3 (Snelling, Johjima 2). Runners moved up — Ichiro, Sexson. DP — Seattle 1.
|Millwd L, 14-10||6||4||3||3||1||7||102||4.49|
|Baek W, 3-0||7||4||0||0||0||3||93||2.22|
|Pineiro S, 1||2||3||2||2||0||1||32||6.10|
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Rheinecker pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.Inherited runners-scored — Rheinecker 2-0, Bauer 3-3.PB — Laird. Umpires — Home, Mike Winters; First, Brian Knight; Second, Bruce Froemming; Third, Brian Runge. T — 2:28. A — 28,646.
How the runs scored
Mariners fifth: Sexson singled to left. Broussard singled to center, Sexson to second. Johjima homered to left on the first pitch, Sexson scored, Broussard scored. Lopez infield single to third. Bloomquist flied out to right fielder N.Cruz. Ichiro grounded out, third baseman Blalock to first baseman Teixeira, Lopez to second. Snelling struck out. 3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. M’s 3, Rangers 0.
Mariners eighth: Francisco pitching. Bloomquist grounded out, shortstop M.Young to first baseman Teixeira. Ichiro grounded out, second baseman Kinsler to first baseman Teixeira. Bohn walked on a full count. Betancourt infield single to third, Bohn to second. Rheinecker pitching. Ibanez walked on a full count, Bohn to third, Betancourt to second. Bauer pitching. Sexson homered to center on a 2-1 count, Bohn scored, Betancourt scored, Ibanez scored. Broussard doubled to right. On Laird’s passed ball, Broussard to third. Johjima grounded out, third baseman Blalock to first baseman Teixeira. 4 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. M’s 7, Rangers 0.
Rangers ninth: Matthews Jr. singled to left. M.Young flied out to center fielder Ichiro. Teixeira doubled to center, Matthews Jr. to third. Lee singled to center, Matthews Jr. scored, Teixeira to third. On Ichiro’s error, Teixeira scored. Blalock grounded into fielder’s choice, third baseman Bloomquist to shortstop Betancourt, Lee out. DeRosa flied out to left fielder Ibanez. 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 1 left on. M’s 7, Rangers 2.
6:05 p.m., Ch. 11
LH Jarrod Washburn (8-13)
RH Robinson Tejada (4-3)
1:05 p.m., FSN
RH Felix Hernandez
RH Adam Eaton
7:05 p.m., FSN
LH Jake Woods
RH Roy Halladay
7:05 p.m., FSN
RH Gil Meche
LH Ted Lilly
1:35 p.m., no TV
RH Cha Seung Baek (3-0)
RH A.J. Burnett
@ Kansas City
5:10 p.m., Ch. 11
LH Jarrod Washburn (8-13)
LH Odalis Perez
@ Kansas City
5:10 p.m., FSN
RH Felix Hernandez
LH Mark Redman (9-8)
For the record
W/L streak: W-3
At home: 39-31
On road: 28-42
vs. AL West: 13-33
vs. Angels: 9-10
vs. Oakland: 1-15
vs. Texas: 3-8
vs. AL East: 24-17
vs. AL Cen.: 16-19
vs. NL: 14-4
vs. LHP: 20-20
vs. RHP: 47-53
Extra innings: 5-7
Friday’s crowd: 28,646
Overall attendance: 2,189,713
Season avg. (69 games): 31,282
Biggest crowd: 46,325
Smallest crowd: 16,102
2005 avg. (70 games): 34,638