MLB Team Report - Seattle Mariners - INSIDE PITCH
Now 6-8 without Eric Wedge, the Mariners don't expect their manager just yet.
General manager Jack Zduriencik said over the weekend that Wedge has a doctor's appointment scheduled for the middle of this week and won't be back any sooner than that.
Wedge, 45, suffered a minor stroke last month and has missed 13 games while recuperating. Bench coach Robby Thompson has filled his duties and kept some semblance of momentum, but everyone in the organization is hoping to get Wedge back as soon as possible.
Zduriencik said that the Mariners are erring on the side of caution when it comes to Wedge's return.
"The one thing you don't want to have happen, when he gets back, you want him to be back," Zduriencik told reporters from the weekend series in Baltimore. "His anxiousness to get back here in the dugout is one thing, but it's a lifelong health issue for him. As well, when he gets back here managing this club, you want him to be here. You don't want him to come in and be here for two or three days."
While Wedge has been home recuperating from the July 22 episode, Thompson has had to make some tough decisions. He's worked outfielder Michael Morse back into the lineup, given struggling second baseman Nick Franklin a well-deserved break and gradually taken playing time away from once-promising prospect Dustin Ackley -- again.
But perhaps the biggest move Thompson has had to make was to use Danny Farquahar in the ninth inning with a one-run lead Sunday while bypassing struggling closer Tom Wilhelmsen.
Thompson has kept the boat afloat, but the Mariners certainly need their skipper back.
MLB Team Report - Seattle Mariners - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost one
PAST 10 GAMES: 3-7
NEXT: Blue Jays (Josh Johnson, 1-8, 6.60) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez, 11-4, 2.30)
--RHP Hisashi Iwakuma suffered his first loss since July 4 on Monday, when he allowed four hits and two runs in a 3-1 loss to Toronto. He had gone 3-0 over his past five starts.
--2B Nick Franklin, who is mired in an 0-for-24 slump, was left out of the lineup for the second straight game Monday. OF Dustin Ackley started at second base and batted eighth for the Mariners.
--C Humberto Quintero got his fifth start as a Mariner and doubled on his first at-bat. He finished 2-for-3 after getting the nod for Monday's game against Toronto over Henry Blanco, who was released by the Blue Jays earlier this season.
--1B Justin Smoak has hit eight of his 11 home runs in the 36 games he's played since coming off the disabled list. He hit his 11th home run of the season with a solo shot in the seventh inning Monday, giving the Mariners a 1-0 lead.
--RHP Felix Hernandez has allowed just two runs over 30 innings of his past four starts but has just two wins to show for it. He pitched a shutout into the ninth inning of a July 26 game against Minnesota before giving up the tying run in a game the Mariners eventually lost in extra innings, then last time out Hernandez pitched seven innings of one-run ball before the Red Sox rallied from a 7-1 deficit to beat the Mariners 8-7. Hernandez now has gone eight or more innings while giving up one run or fewer 53 times in his career, with 11 no-decisions and two losses along the way. He's scheduled to start against Toronto on Tuesday night.
--C Jesus Montero, who began the season as the Mariners' starting catcher, received a 50-game suspension Monday from Major League Baseball after being implicated in the Biogenesis investigation. He will not appeal the suspension.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He'd been in command of the game, and we felt good about sending him out there for the eighth inning after 93 pitches. It unfolded on us a little bit (in the eighth), but he pitched a really good game." -- Acting manager Robby Thompson, of RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, who allowed two runs over 7 1/3 innings in Monday's 3-1 loss to Toronto.
MLB Team Report - Seattle Mariners - ROSTER REPORT
--C Mike Zunino (fractured hamate bone in left wrist) went on the 15-day disabled list July 26. He will have surgery that will keep him out until September.
--RHP Stephen Pryor (torn right lat muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list April 15, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 17. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on July 19. He has been shut down for the remainder of the season.
--CF Franklin Gutierrez (torn right hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list April 23, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 5. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on May 16. He was shut down in early June, but he began a new rehab assignment with Tacoma on June 12. He was activated June 22, but he had to come out in the seventh inning June 23 when his hamstring tightened up. He went back on the 15-day DL retroactive to June 24. He was sent on a rehab assignment to Triple-A Tacoma on July 18.
--C Jesus Sucre (sprained left wrist) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 6.
--C Jesus Montero (torn left meniscus) is expected to be out until late June or early July after undergoing surgery in early June. He isn't on the disabled list because he was optioned to the minors before he got injured.
RHP Felix Hernandez
RHP Hisashi Iwakuma
LHP Joe Saunders
RHP Aaron Harang
RHP Erasmo Ramirez
RHP Tom Wilhelmsen
RHP Yoervis Medina
LHP Charlie Furbush
LHP Oliver Perez
RHP Danny Farquhar
LHP Lucas Luetge
RHP Brandon Maurer
1B Justin Smoak
2B Nick Franklin
SS Brad Miller
3B Kyle Seager
DH Kendrys Morales
INF Brendan Ryan
LF Raul Ibanez
CF Michael Saunders
RF Michael Morse
OF Endy Chavez
OF/INF Dustin Ackley